Corporate Governance

AutoZone is committed to good corporate governance as a key to maintaining the trust of its investors. In this regard, our Board of Directors has adopted governance principles, committee charters and policies to lead AutoZones governance practices.

Board of Directors

  • Doug Brooks - 1

    Douglas H. Brooks

    Former Chairman, President and CEO – Brinker International

    Douglas H. Brooks, 69, has been a director since 2013. Until his retirement in 2013, he had held various positions with Brinker International, including serving as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Brinker International from January 2013 until December 2013; Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brinker from 2004 until January 2013, and President and Chief Operating Officer from 1999 to 2004. He served on the Brinker board of directors from 1999 through 2013 and on the Club Corp. board of directors from 2013 through 2017. Mr. Brooks is also a director of Southwest Airlines.

  • Linda Goodspeed - 2

    Linda A. Goodspeed

    Former Managing Partner and COO – WealthStrategies Financial Advisors

    Linda A. Goodspeed, 59, has been a director since 2013. She retired in 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer and a Managing Partner at WealthStrategies Financial Advisors, positions she had held since 2007. She had served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of ServiceMaster from 2011 to 2014. From 2008 to September 2011, Ms. Goodspeed served as Vice President, Information Systems and Chief Information Officer for Nissan North America, Inc., a subsidiary of Nissan Motor Company, a global manufacturer of vehicles. From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Goodspeed served as Executive Vice President at Lennox International, Inc., a global manufacturer of air conditioning, heating and commercial refrigeration equipment. She is also a director of American Electric Power Co., Inc., and Darling Ingredients Inc., and was a director of Global Power Equipment Group through April 2018 and Columbus McKinnon Corp. through 2017.

  • Earl Graves - 4

    Earl G. Graves, Jr.

    President and CEO – Black Enterprise

    Earl G. Graves, Jr., 59, has been a director since 2002 and was elected Lead Director in January 2009. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Black Enterprise, publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine, since January 2006, and was President and Chief Operating Officer from 1998 to 2006. Mr. Graves has been employed by the same company in various capacities since 1988.

  • Enderson Guimaraes - 4.5

    Enderson Guimaraes

    Former President and COO – Laureate Education Inc.

    Enderson Guimaraes, 62, has been a director since 2012. In 2017, he retired as the President and Chief Operating Officer for Laureate Education, Inc., positions he had held since 2015. From 2011 to 2015, he was President of Global Operations, CEO of Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa and Head of Global Categories and Operations at PepsiCo. Mr. Guimaraes previously had served as Executive Vice President of Electrolux and Chief Executive Officer of its major appliances business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East from 2008 to 2011. Prior to this, Mr. Guimaraes held various leadership positions during his 10 years at Philips Electronics and also worked in various marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson. He is also a director of Refresco Group B.V. and Darling Ingredients Inc.

  • D. Bryan Jordan - 6

    D. Bryan Jordan

    President and CEO – First Horizon Corporation

    D. Bryan Jordan, 59, has been a director since 2013. Since 2008, Mr. Jordan has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of First Horizon National Corporation, where he also served as Chairman of the Board from 2012 through July 1, 2020. From May 2007 until September 2008, Mr. Jordan was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of First Horizon and First Tennessee Bank National Association, and prior to that he served in various positions at Regions Financial Corporation and its subsidiary Regions Bank, including (beginning in 2002) as Chief Financial Officer.

  • Gale V. King - 7

    Gale V. King

    Former Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer – Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

    Gale V. King, 65, has been a director since 2018. She was the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company from 2012 through July 2021 and served as the Executive Vice President – Chief Human Resources Officer from 2009 to 2012. Ms. King is also a director of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. and Unum Group.

  • George Mrkonic, Jr. - 9

    George R. Mrkonic, Jr.

    Non-Executive Chairman – MARU Group

    George R. Mrkonic, Jr., 69, has been a director since 2006. He is the non-Executive Chairman of Maru Group, a London, UK based research, insight and advisory services firm. Previously, he was the Non-Executive Chairman of Paperchase Products Limited, London, UK, a retailer of cards, stationery, wraps and gifts in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, since 2005, and had been a director since 1999. Prior to that, he was President of Borders Group, Inc. from 1994 to 1997 and Vice Chairman of Borders Group, Inc. from 1994 to 2002. He is also a director of Brinker International, Inc., and Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. Mr. Mrkonic was a director of Syntel, Inc. from 2009 to May 2016.

  • William  Rhodes, III - 11

    William C. Rhodes, III

    Chairman, President and CEO – AutoZone, Inc

    William C. Rhodes, III, 56, was elected Chairman in June 2007. He has been President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director since 2005. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, he served in various capacities within the Company since 1994. Prior to 1994, Mr. Rhodes was a manager with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Rhodes is also a director of Dollar General Corporation.

  • Jill A. Soltau - 12

    Jill A. Soltau

    Former CEO – J.C. Penney Corp., Inc.

    Jill A. Soltau, 54, has been a director since 2018. She served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the J.C. Penney Company, Inc., from October 2018 to December 2020. She previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of JoAnn Stores Inc. from February 2015 to October 2018. Prior to joining JoAnn, Ms. Soltau served as President of Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC and has held senior level positions in national and regional retailers, including Kohl’s and former Saks Inc. subsidiaries. Ms. Soltau is also a director nominee of Yesway, Inc.

  • Michael George

    Michael George

    Former President and CEO – Qurate Retail

    Michael George, 60, has been a director since February 2022. Mr. George formerly served as President and CEO of Qurate Retail from March 2018 to September 2021, the parent company of QVC, and as CEO of QVC from 2004 through July 2021. Prior to joining QVC, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Dell. Mr. George currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ralph Lauren Corp.
  • Brian Hannasch

    Brian Hannasch

    President and CEO – Alimentation Couche-Tard

    Brian Hannasch, 55, serves as President and CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard, which operates Circle K, one of the world’s leading fuel and convenience retailers. Mr. Hannasch joined Couche-Tard in 2001 and was named President and CEO in September 2014. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Circle K.

Committee Composition

Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information. To read more about any of the committees, click on committee names in the chart below.

Independent Director Audit Committee Compensation Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Douglas H. Brooks Independent Director Compensation Committee
Michael George Independent Director Audit Committee
Linda A. Goodspeed Independent Director Audit Committee Compensation Committee
Earl G. Graves, Jr. Independent Director Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Enderson Guimaraes Independent Director Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Brian Hannasch Independent Director Compensation Committee
D. Bryan Jordan Independent Director Audit Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Gale V. King Independent Director Compensation Committee
George R. Mrkonic, Jr. Independent Director Audit Committee Compensation Committee
William C. Rhodes, III
Jill A. Soltau Independent Director Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
= Independent Director = Chairperson = Member = Lead Director

Executive Committee

  • William Rhodes

    William C. Rhodes, III

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Customer Satisfaction

    William C. Rhodes III, 54, was elected Chairman of AutoZone in June 2007. He has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rhodes was Executive Vice President, Store Operations and Commercial. Prior to 2005, he was Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Senior Vice President, Information Technology. He began his AutoZone career in 1994 and has held several key management positions within the company. Prior to 1994, Mr. Rhodes was a manager with Ernst & Young LLP. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Dollar General Corporation.
  • Philip Daniele

    Philip B. Daniele

    Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Supply Chain and Marketing, Customer Satisfaction

    Philip B. Daniele was named Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Supply Chain and Marketing in June 2021. From 2015 to 2021, he was Senior Vice President, Commercial, and, from 2008 to 2015, he was Vice President – Commercial Support. He was also a Divisional Vice President of Store Operations from 2005 to 2008. Prior to 2005, Mr. Daniele held several key management positions with the Company.
  • Preston B. Frazer

    Preston B. Frazer

    Executive Vice President, Store Operations, Commercial and Loss Prevention, Customer Satisfaction

    Preston B. Frazer was named Executive Vice President, Store Operations, Commercial and Loss Prevention in June 2021. From 2019 to 2021, he was Senior Vice President, Store Operations. Prior to that, he held the position of Divisional Vice President for the Dallas and Ft. Worth regions alongside his Vice President, Store Operations Support role. He began his career with AutoZone in 2006 as Director, Finance and has held several key functional roles. Prior to joining AutoZone, Preston was a senior manager with the accounting firm of KPMG, LLP.
  • Jamere Jackson

    Jamere Jackson

    Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance and Store Development, Customer Satisfaction

    Jamere Jackson assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2021. Mr. Jackson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., a worldwide rental company, since 2018. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 22, 2020. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Jackson served as Chief Financial Officer of Nielsen Holdings plc, an information, data and measurement company. Prior to 2014, Mr. Jackson held a variety of leadership roles at General Electric Company, including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a division of General Electric Oil and Gas. Mr. Jackson serves on the Board of Directors for Eli Lilly & Co. and Hibbett Sports, Inc.
  • Thomas Newbern - 45

    Thomas B. Newbern

    Executive Vice President, International, Information Technology and ALLDATA, Customer Satisfaction

    Thomas B. Newbern was named Executive Vice President – International, Information Technology and ALLDATA in June 2021. From 2015 to 2021, he was Executive Vice President, Store Operations, Commercial Loss, Prevention and ALLDATA. From 2013 to 2015, he was Senior Vice President, Store Operations and Loss Prevention. From 2012 to 2013, he was Senior Vice President, Store Operations and Store Development. From 2007 to 2012, he was Senior Vice President, Store Operations, and from 1998 to 2007, he was Vice President Store Operations. Prior to 1998, Mr. Newbern held several key management positions with the Company.
  • Michelle Borninkhof

    Michelle Borninkhof

    Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Customer Satisfaction

    Michelle Borninfhof was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Information officer in May 2021. Prior to joining AutoZone, Ms. Borninkhof was with McDonald’s Corporation where she most recently served as Chief Information Officer and Vice President for U.S. Technology. Prior to joining McDonald’s, Michelle spent 11 years with Walmart Stores holding various leadership roles including Vice President, International Technology Delivery. Throughout her career, Michelle has held various roles in store retail, distribution center operations, and process improvement.
  • Eric S. Gould

    Eric S. Gould

    Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Customer Satisfaction

    Eric S. Gould was named Senior Vice President, Supply Chain in February 2021. In 2017 he served as Vice President, Replenishment and Vice President, Commercial from 2013 to 2017, Vice President, Commercial Support from 2004 to 2013 and Vice President, Merchandising, Pricing and Analysis from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Gould began his AutoZone career in 1992 and held several key management positions within the company.
  • Domingo Hurtado

    Domingo Hurtado

    Senior Vice President, International, Customer Satisfaction

    Domingo José Hurtado Rodríguez was named Senior Vice President, International in September 2018. From 2001 to 2018 he served as Presidente, AutoZone de México. Mr. Hurtado was instrumental leading the company’s expansion into México. Prior to 2001, Mr. Hurtado was with RadioShack where he held various positions including Director General in México and General Manager in Venezuela.
  • Dennis W. LeRiche

    Dennis W. LeRiche

    Senior Vice President, Store Operations, Customer Satisfaction

    Dennis W. LeRiche was named Senior Vice President, Store Operations in June 2021. From 2015 to 2021, he was a Divisional Vice President of Store Operations. Prior to 2015, Mr. LeRiche held several key management positions with the company.
  • Grant E. McGee

    Grant E. McGee

    Senior Vice President, Commercial, Customer Satisfaction

    Grant E. McGee was named Senior Vice President, Commercial in June 2021. From 2007 to 2021, he was a Divisional Vice President of Store Operations. From 2004 to 2007, he was Vice President, Commercial. Prior to 2004, Mr. McGee held several key positions with the company.
  • Seong K. Ohm

    Seong K. Ohm

    Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Customer Satisfaction

    Seong K. Ohm was named Senior Vice President, Merchandising in October 2020. Ms. Ohm served as the Group Commercial Development Officer for the Dairy Farm Group supporting development, sourcing, branding and packaging for private-label and exclusive brands in 7,000 retail outlets across 11 Southeast Asian countries. Ms. Ohm also was the Chief Commercial Officer for Home Plus, the second largest retailer in Korea and led their merchandising, sourcing and planning teams. Prior to these roles, she was Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for both Walmart and Sam’s Club and Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager, Technology for Walmart Stores, Inc. Ms. Ohm began her career with General Electric in marketing, planning, brand management and strategy development.
  • Charlie Pleas

    Charlie Pleas III

    Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting, Customer Satisfaction

    Charlie Pleas III was elected Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting in December 2021. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Controller since 2007. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Vice President and Controller and Vice President, Accounting from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Pleas began his AutoZone career in 1996 as Director, General Accounting. Prior to joining AutoZone, Mr. Pleas was a Division Controller with Fleming Companies, Inc. where he served in various capacities since 1988.

  • Albert “Al” Saltiel

    Albert Saltiel

    Senior Vice President, Marketing and E-Commerce, Customer Satisfaction

    Albert Saltiel was named Senior Vice President, Marketing in April 2013. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Saltiel served as Chief Marketing Officer at Navistar International Corporation. He also held other key management roles including President, NC2, a Caterpillar and Navistar company and Vice President, Marketing for Navistar International Corporation. Mr. Saltiel also served as General Manager, Marketing at Sony Electronics.
  • Richard  Smith

    Richard C. Smith

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Customer Satisfaction

    Richard C. Smith was named Senior Vice President, Human Resources in January 2016. He served as Divisional Vice President, Stores from 1997-2016. Since joining the Company in 1985, Mr. Smith has held a variety of management positions and served in key roles in the Company’s strategies and tactics, including the acquisition and integration of Chief Auto Parts in 1998.
  • Kristen Collier Wright

    Kristen Collier Wright

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Customer Satisfaction

    Kristen Collier Wright was named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in January 2014. She began her AutoZone career in 2012 as Vice President, Legal, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Previously with AutoZone, she was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary with oversight for Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Environmental, Regulatory and International Compliance, Policy and Procedure, and Operational Support. Prior to joining AutoZone, Wright was a partner with Bass, Berry & Sims in Memphis focusing on complex litigation, commercial and financial transactions, and intellectual property and technology.