Paul Gatens promoted to Vice President of E-Commerce and Marketing Services

June 3rd, 2014

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE) and leading wholesale distributor of business and office supplies, announced today…

Paul Gatens promoted to Vice President of E-Commerce and Marketing Services

Paul Gatens has been promoted to Vice President of E-Commerce and Marketing Services. In his new role, Gatens will be responsible for coordinating activities associated with print and digital media in addition to overseeing all marketing information data and managing relationships with industry third-party system providers. Gatens joined the company in 1999 as Director of Electronic Commerce and was promoted to Director of Marketing Information in 2008.

Gatens will report to SVP of Marketing Jim O’Brien who commented on the promotion, “Paul is highly respected throughout the industry for his knowledge, strategic thinking and work ethic. He has chaired and contributed to various industry committees including the Business Solutions Association (BSA) standards initiative and the Office Products Industry Data Standardization (OPIDS) effort. We look forward to Paul’s leadership in this critical area of our business.”

Gatens added, “The convergence of the print and digital worlds provides significant opportunities to deliver innovative marketing solutions to our dealers. I am looking forward to working with our vendors, our data and system provider partners and our internal team to create world-class digital content and print publications that drive profitable sales for our customers.”

Gatens holds an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. He began his industry career in 1992 with International Paper.

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE), distributes a wide spectrum of business products to office products resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. These products include consumable office supplies, office furniture, computer supplies, consumer electronics, safety and security items, cleaning products, breakroom and food service supplies from all of the major industry manufacturers. S.P. Richards Company markets several proprietary lines under the brand names of Lorell®, Integra™, Sparco™, Genuine Joe®, Nature Saver®, Compucessory®, Elite Image® and Business Source®. The company operates 41 Distribution Centers across the United States and Canada.

Genuine Parts Company is a distributor of automotive replacement parts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australasia.
The Company also distributes industrial replacement parts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico through its Motion Industries subsidiary. S. P. Richards Company, the Office Products Group, distributes business products nationwide in the U.S. and Canada. The Electrical/Electronic Group, EIS, Inc., distributes electrical and electronic components throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Genuine Parts Company had 2013 revenues of $14.1 billion.

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