Boucherville (Québec), July 31, 2014 − Uni-Select Inc. (TSX: UNS), a major automotive aftermarket product distributor with activities across North America, is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Henry Buckley as Chief Operating Officer reporting to Richard G. Roy, President and Chief Executive Officer. This appointment is effective September 8, 2014. As part of his duties, Mr. Buckley will assume responsibility for the management of Uni-Select Canada, Uni-Select USA, Inc. and FinishMaster, Inc. with a focus on accelerating sales growth and supply chain optimization. Mr. Buckley has more than 30 years of experience gained from management roles in industrial distribution both in the US and Canada. Most recently, he was Vice President for Specialty Brand Companies and Mergers and Acquisitions for W.W. Grainger Inc. Mr. Buckley holds a Masters in Business Administration from Queen’s University.
“I wish to express full confidence in Mr. Buckley, a highly experienced and talented manager who has demonstrated a great ability to deal with high growth businesses and who will be able to pursue the Corporation’s strategic objectives with a view to increasing shareholder value. I believe his skill set, in particular his leadership capabilities, will be extremely valuable for Uni-Select as we continue to grow our business”, said Richard G. Roy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.
Founded in 1968, Uni-Select is a major distributor of replacement parts, equipment, tools, accessories, paint and related products for motor vehicles in North America. Leader in the Canadian industry, Uni-Select is the 5th largest distributor and the leading independent distributor of automotive paint and related products in North America. With its 5,500 employees, Uni-Select efficiently services a wide network of independent installers and wholesalers, including over 6,600 which operate under one of its banner programs in North America. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, QC and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
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