Tuesday, 03 May 2016 13:44

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Announces Succession Plan, Commences CEO Search

ABRA Auto Body & Glass announced on May 2 that Duane Rouse plans to transition from day-to-day operations, stepping down as Chief Executive Officer to assume the role of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Rouse will continue to serve as CEO until a replacement is appointed.  ABRA has commenced an executive search to find a successor to Rouse.

“As I prepare to step back from day-to-day operations and move into my new role, I want to thank our more than 5,000 employees who have been the secret to our success in growing into a leading national damaged vehicle repair company,” said CEO Duane Rouse. “I am confident that under the leadership of a new CEO, supported by our current best-in-the-business executive team, ABRA will continue as a reliable partner for insurers while maintaining rapid and profitable growth.”

Since Rouse became CEO in 2011, ABRA's system-wide revenue has increased from under $300 million to more than $1 billion. The company has also added more than 150 new locations in the last 2 years.

Rouse said, “With a successful strategy and accomplished executive team in place, ABRA is well-positioned for the future. The company is in a position of strength and now is the time to transition day-to-day leadership to a new Chief Executive who will lead the company into its next chapter of growth.  I will remain a significant shareholder and through my Vice Chairman role I look forward to continuing to be part of ABRA’s very bright future.”

Erik Ragatz, current Chairperson of the Board of ABRA Auto Body & Glass, and Managing Director of private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, ABRA’s majority shareholder, said, “During his 20 year tenure—and particularly in his 5 years as CEO—Duane not only helped aggressively grow the company through both strategic acquisitions and internal initiatives, but also built a wonderful organization and business.   We are now beginning a search that will identify CEO candidates with the right experience and cultural fit for the organization. Duane will be an important voice in this process, and remain an important part of ABRA as he assumes the role of Vice Chairman.”

For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com