U.S. Auto Parts Network Appoints Neil Watanabe as Chief Financial Officer
March 23, 2015—U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc., one of the largest online providers of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, announced on Tuesday the appointment of Neil Watanabe as Chief Financial Officer effective March 23, 2015.
Watanabe has over 30 years of finance, accounting and operational experience and has served as the chief financial officer for both public and private national retail companies. Watanabe recently served as chief operating officer for national stores, a discount department store chain that operates more than 300 locations. Prior to joining National Stores, from 2006-2014, Watanabe was the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Anna's Linens, a national textiles and home goods store that operates more than 300 locations. Watanabe, a veteran financial executive, has also served as the chief financial officer for Shoe Pavilion, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, Sears Health and Nutrition, PetSmart, Mac Frugal Bargain Closeout, Kay Bee Toys, and Motherhood Maternity. Watanabe began his career with Montgomery Ward and Filene's Basement. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor of arts and obtained certification as a public accountant in Illinois.
"We are very excited to appoint Neil Watanabe as our chief financial officer," Shane Evangelist, chief executive officer, announced. "Neil is a veteran public company financial executive who brings a wealth of experience working with successful brands. Neil has a proven track record of helping businesses grow revenue and shareholder value."
In connection with the appointment of Watanabe as chief financial officer, Michael Yoshida, the former Interim chief financial officer, will return to his prior role as vice president and controller of U.S. Auto Parts.
"On behalf of U.S. Auto Parts and our Board of Directors, I would like to thank Mike for his leadership and contributions to the Company while serving as Interim Chief Financial Officer," Evangelist said. "Mike will continue to be an important part of our management team serving in a valuable role."