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Tom Gallagher to Retire from Genuine Parts Company

Thursday, May 4, 2017  
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Tom Gallagher, Executive Chairman of S.P. Richards' parent organization, Genuine Parts Company, has announced that he will retire, effective June 30, 2017.


Many in the office products industry have known Tom over the years. His 47 years of dedicated service included a stint at S.P. Richards Company. In 1983, after more than a dozen years at NAPA, Tom was tapped to lead GPC's growing Office Products business as Executive VP. He was soon named President and CEO of S.P. Richards Company, where he served until 1988.


Even after his rise to CEO and then Chairman of GPC, Tom was a frequent speaker at the Advantage Business Conferences, sharing his experience, wisdom and thoughtful observations about the office products industry.


Paul Donahue, President and CEO of Genuine Parts Company, commented, "Tom positively influenced every aspect of the organization during his exceptional career, and his leadership as President from 1990 to 2012 and CEO from 2004 to 2016 guided our significant growth over this period. We are forever grateful for his many contributions to the company and we wish him the very best for the future."


Paul added, "Tom has also served as our Chairman since 2005, and we look forward to his continued counsel as Non-Executive Chairman following his retirement."


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