O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. Announces Executive Leadership Promotions
- Brad Beckham and Brent Kirby to be Promoted to Co-Presidents
- Greg Johnson to remain Chief Executive Officer
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (the “Company” or “O’Reilly”) ( Nasdaq: ORLY), a leading retailer in the automotive aftermarket industry, announced executive leadership promotions. Effective January 9, 2023, Brad Beckham, the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Brent Kirby, the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, will each be promoted to Co-Presidents. Mr. Beckham and Mr. Kirby will continue to report to Greg Johnson, who currently serves as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and will remain in his role as CEO but pass on the title and role of President to Mr. Beckham and Mr. Kirby.
Mr. Johnson commented, “O’Reilly’s promote from within philosophy is a pillar of our Culture and a key driver to our long-term success. We are very fortunate to have Brad and Brent’s outstanding executive leadership experience in our Company, and I am extremely confident in their ability to successfully take on these new roles as Co-Presidents. During my time as CEO, Brad and Brent have both been critical members of the O’Reilly leadership team, with Brad leading our store operations and sales and Brent leading our supply chain and omnichannel initiatives. Their extensive experience and significant industry knowledge, combined with that of our long-tenured executive management team, position our Company to drive continued profitable growth long into the future.”
Mr. Beckham will be responsible for all domestic and international store operations and sales, real estate and expansion, human resources, legal, risk management, training, and finance. Mr. Kirby will be responsible for merchandise, distribution, logistics, inventory management, pricing, store design, advertising/marketing, electronic catalog, customer satisfaction, omnichannel, and information technology.
About Brad Beckham
Mr. Beckham, age 44, has been an O’Reilly Team Member since 1996. Mr. Beckham’s O’Reilly career began as a Parts Specialist and progressed through the roles of Store Manager, District Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Vice President, Vice President of Eastern Store Operations and Sales, Senior Vice President of Eastern Store Operations and Sales, Senior Vice President of Central Store Operations and Sales, and Executive Vice President of Store Operations and Sales. Mr. Beckham has held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since January of 2022.
About Brent Kirby
Mr. Kirby, age 54, has been an O’Reilly Team Member since 2018. Mr. Kirby began his 35 year retail career with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (“Lowe’s”) as a hardware associate and progressed through various positions at the store, district and, regional levels before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Store Operations and later Chief Omnichannel Officer. Prior to joining O’Reilly, Mr. Kirby held the position of Chief Supply Chain Officer for Lowe’s. In 2018, Mr. Kirby’s O’Reilly career began as Senior Vice President of Omnichannel and progressed through the role of Executive Vice President of Supply Chain. Mr. Kirby has held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer since January of 2022.
About O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. was founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family and is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional service provider markets. Visit the Company’s website at www.OReillyAuto.com for additional information about O’Reilly, including access to online shopping and current promotions, store locations, hours and services, employment opportunities and other programs. As of September 30, 2022, the Company operated 5,910 stores in 47 U.S. states and 28 stores in Mexico.
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