The Automotive Distribution Network (Network) has named Jeff Hobson vice president of product. His appointment is effective immediately.
In his new role, Hobson will be responsible for all aspects of the product department including executing the group's import initiative, co-man facility, and implementing innovative product brand strategies across multiple product categories.
Hobson most recently worked as product director for Advance Auto Parts/Carquest, preceded by multiple roles in the automotive aftermarket, including sales, marketing, advertising and product development initiatives.
“Mr. Hobson comes to the Network as an industry veteran with more than 25 years’ experience in the auto care industry,” says David Prater, president of the Network.
“After a successful career with Advance Auto, Jeff will quickly make an impact for our shareholders by leveraging the strengths of our geographical and brand strategies to foster continued growth objectives for the group.”
Hobson says he looks forward to building new and existing vendor relationships, while furthering the product processes for Parts Plus, Auto Pride and IAPA.
“Solidifying the market potential through the management of specific product development is key to increasing the growth margin for our members and Shareholders. Tackling these responsibilities with fresh tactics and a new approach will no doubt prove to be beneficial for the long-term success of our group. I am honored to be a part of this team.”
Operating under the brands of Parts Plus, Parts Plus Mexico, IAPA and Auto Pride, the Automotive Distribution Network is one of the largest, most diverse program groups in the industry. For more information contact Steve Tucker, vice president of sales and marketing, [email protected] at Network Headquarters, 3085 Fountainside Dr., Ste. 210, Germantown, Tenn., 38138, 901-757-8440.