Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

January 13, 2021
Date of Report (date of earliest event reported)

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
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(678) 934-5000
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers

On January 14, 2021, Genuine Parts Company announced that its Board of Directors appointed William P. Stengel ("Will") to the position of President of Genuine Parts Company effective January 15, 2021. Mr. Stengel, 43, was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer of Genuine Parts Company, a position he has held since joining the company in November of 2019.

Prior to joining Genuine Parts Company, Mr. Stengel worked for HD Supply, an Atlanta-based industrial distributor. From June of 2013 to October of 2018, he held positions with HD Supply Facilities Maintenance as President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Commercial Officer, and Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development and Investor Relations. Through his various roles at HD Supply, at various points, Mr. Stengel was responsible for end-to-end global supply chain and field support execution, strategic commercial functions (including e-commerce, information technology, merchandising and marketing), growth strategy, portfolio optimization and corporate development.

A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Stengel’s appointment is furnished with this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits
Exhibit NumberDescription
104The cover page from this current report on Form 8-K, formatted in inline XBRL

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
  Genuine Parts Company
January 15, 2021 By: /s/ Carol B. Yancey
    Name: Carol B. Yancey
    Title: Executive Vice President and CFO