Up Next:AutoZone Announces Promotions Don’t Miss:CSK Auto Appoints New Chief Administrative Officer and CFO,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Print In this article: With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. RALEIGH, NC — CARQUEST Corp. has appointed Robert Blair to the position of executive vice president of product management and president of CARQUEST Corp. effective Nov. 7. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBlair replaces Art Lottes, III who has announced his retirement effective Jan. 2, 2006, after 26 years as a member of the CARQUEST Team. The program distribution group has also promoted Ray Birden to senior vice president of marketing, filling the position being vacated by Blair. “We are fortunate to have exceptional leaders in Robert and Ray. These appointments recognize their significant contribution to CARQUEST. We are confident that these leaders, combined with our existing Product Management and Marketing Teams will continue CARQUEST’s tradition of excellence”, according to Temple Sloan, III, president/CEO of General Parts, Inc. and Neil Stockel, president of BPW and chairman of CARQUEST Corp. “Importantly, we thank Art Lottes for the 26 years of tireless and dedicated service and leadership to both CARQUEST and the automotive aftermarket. His passion for CARQUEST and the well being of our industry has made a significant difference. Art has served as CARQUEST Corp. chairman, president and a board member”. _______________________________________ Click Advertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.