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Prudential Capital buys PartsChannel

Monday, November 10, 2008 - 01:00

A Taiwan-based investor group sold PartsChannel Inc. to Prudential Capital Partners III, which will participate in its management. Terms were not disclosed.

The company also announced the appointment of John M. Palumbo as its chief executive officer, a newly created position.

Palumbo, 52, will be based in Los Angeles. He most recently held the position of chief financial officer for Solar Integrated Technologies. Previously, Palumbo served from 1996 to 2006 as chief financial officer of Keystone Automotive Industries Inc., which was acquired in October 2007. A certified public accountant, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as an executive Master of Business Administration degree from The Peter F. Drucker Claremont Graduate University.

“John’s aftermarket parts industry experience and financial expertise were attractive qualities in his selection at an important junction in the company’s evolution,” says Ray Chen, president of PartsChannel. “The company is committed to expanding its customer base by leveraging its industry reputation for quality generic parts, with a dedicated focus on customer service.”

“I have known Ray and his team for several years and appreciate the opportunity to return to an industry that has been an important part of my professional career,” says Palumbo. “The aftermarket collision repair parts industry has solid growth potential and I look forward to a long and successful relationship with PartsChannel.”

PartsChannel is a privately held distributor of automotive collision repair parts. Its product lines include bumpers, hoods, fenders, grilles, panels, lights, radiators, condensers and related automotive parts used in repairing damaged vehicles. The company’s products are sold to automotive repair shops and independent distributors throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.partschannel.com.

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