Pep Boys Appoints John J. Kelly Senior Vice President – Chief Merchandising Officer
PHILADELPHIA, PA - February 25, 2014 - The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: “PBY”), the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket service and retail chain, announced the appointment of John J. Kelly as Senior Vice President – Chief Merchandising Officer. Mr. Kelly will be responsible for all aspects of Pep Boys’ merchandising operations, including supply chain and visual presentation. Mr. Kelly is expected to start with Pep Boys on March 3, 2014.
Mr. Kelly brings 30+ years of merchandising experience in both hard and soft lines as well as brick and mortar and online merchandising. He has held leadership positions at QVC, Circuit City, Sharp Electronics and Macy’s. Most recently he served as the President of Decible, a start-up electronics joint-venture.
Mike Odell, President & Chief Executive Officer, said, “John completes our new executive leadership team at Pep Boys. His broad merchandising experience coupled with his knowledge of cars and trucks as a consumer is a perfect fit for Pep Boys. He understands each of our customer segments, including how to broaden our assortments for both service customers and enthusiasts.”
“I can’t wait to get started at Pep Boys!” said Mr. Kelly. “As chief merchant, I have the opportunity to apply my merchandising experience to my lifelong passion for cars that began as a youth in my family’s auto shop and has grown into multiple car club memberships.”
Mr. Odell added, “We are now poised to fully deliver on our Road Ahead strategy. The investments we are making in our stores, our people and our merchandise will make Pep Boys the best place to shop and care for your car.”
About Pep Boys
Since 1921, Pep Boys has been the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket chain. With more than 7,500 service bays in 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico, Pep Boys offers name-brand tires; automotive maintenance and repair; parts and expert advice for the Do-It-Yourselfer; commercial auto parts delivery; and fleet maintenance and repair. Customers can find the nearest location by calling 1-800-PEP-BOYS (1-800-737-2697) or by visiting www.pepboys.com.