The new CEO of U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., Shane Evangelist, brings with him a proven e-commerce track record and a knack for strategic planning. The company, which provides aftermarket auto parts and accessories to online customers, recently announced the appointment of Evangelist, who will take the place of former President and Chief Executive Officer Mehran Nia. Nia will continue to serve on the company's board of directors.
Prior to joining U.S. Auto Parts, Evangelist served as senior vice president and general manager of Blockbuster Online, where he was responsible for leading the creation, development and launch of Blockbuster's online movie rental service. Under Evangelist's leadership, Blockbuster grew its monthly unique visitors faster than any other e-commerce company in 2004, was listed as the fastest growing Top 500 e-commerce business in 2005 by Internet Retailer and became the fastest growing Top 100 e-commerce business of 2006. During the first half of 2007, Blockbuster Online reported 3.6 million subscribers, captured over 75 percent of the new online DVD subscription market, was shipping millions of DVDs per week from 38 distribution centers across the country and delivered over 120 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
Evangelist, who joined Blockbuster Inc. in 2001, also served as vice president of strategic planning for the international video rental company with responsibility for strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, marketing and capital deployment.
"We are excited to have Shane join U.S. Auto Parts," says Robert J. Majteles, chairman of the board. "Shane has built a terrific e-commerce track record in an extremely competitive environment and has a wide ranging background in finance, strategic planning, marketing and management. We believe that Shane is ideally suited to lead U.S. Auto Parts in our next phase of growth as we continue our rapid expansion and further establish U.S. Auto Parts as the leader in the online auto parts market."
"Shane is an experienced and energetic e-commerce leader, and I anticipate that he will guide the company to an even brighter future," adds Nia. "I will be working with Shane on a smooth transition and believe that, under his direction, our company will continue to find innovative ways to increase its competitive positioning and capture market share."
Evangelist graduated from the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management with a degree in business administration and earned an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He began his career at IBM where he ran the media and entertainment accounts with clients such as Viacom, Blockbuster and Disney. He was recently named one of the "Top 40 Marketing Executives Under 40" in 2007 by Advertising Age magazine.
"As a pioneer in the online auto parts market, U.S. Auto Parts is poised to drive a greater share of the $94 billion aftermarket auto parts market online," says Evangelist. "I am excited about joining U.S. Auto Parts at this time of great opportunity and believe the company is uniquely positioned to lead this growing online industry."
For more information about U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., visit the company's Web site.