U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. Appoints Two New Independent Directors To Board

Nov 20, 2013, 16:52 ET from U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.

CARSON, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), one of the largest online providers of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, today announced the election of Barbara Palmer and Bradley E. Wilson to the company's Board of Directors. The appointment of Ms. Palmer and Mr. Wilson brings the company's total number of directors to eight and the total number of independent directors to five, resulting in the company regaining compliance with the independent director requirements of the listing standards of The NASDAQ Stock Market.

Ms. Palmer currently serves as President of The Search Agency, Inc., the largest independent search marketing agency in the country. Before joining The Search Agency, Ms. Palmer served as a partner in 2 Degrees Ventures, a branded entertainment agency and as the Senior Vice President Marketing Operations for Ameriquest Mortgage Company. She has also served as Senior Vice President Marketing Operations at United Online, Inc., parent company to internet brands NetZero and Juno. Ms. Palmer holds a B.S. degree from Ithaca College.

Mr. Wilson currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Travelocity, Inc., where he is responsible for brand strategy, marketing efficiency, and customer lifecycle management. Before joining Travelocity, Mr. Wilson served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management for Nutrisystem. Mr. Wilson also served in marketing and customer acquisition for both Match.com and Blockbuster Online. Mr. Wilson holds a B.S. degree from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

Shane Evangelist, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Auto Parts, stated, "This is an exciting time for U.S. Auto Parts as the additions of both Barbara and Brad to our board add tremendous marketing experience that we can draw upon to improve our customer acquisition and retention marketing efforts while building long-term sustainable brands and customer relationships."  

About U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. Established in 1995, U.S. Auto Parts is a leading online provider of automotive aftermarket parts, including body parts, engine parts, performance parts and accessories. Through the company's network of websites, U.S. Auto Parts provides individual consumers with a broad selection of competitively priced products that are mapped by a proprietary product database to product applications based on vehicle makes, models and years. U.S. Auto Parts' flagship websites are located at www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com, and www.AutoMD.com and the company's corporate website is located at www.usautoparts.net.

U.S. Auto Parts is headquartered in Carson, California.

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Investor Contact: David Robson, Chief Financial Officer U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. drobson@usautoparts.com (310) 735-0085

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