Highline Warren appoints John Fleming as senior advisor
Highline Warren, a leader in the manufacture and distribution of automotive aftermarket consumable products headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., has appointed John Fleming as senior advisor. Fleming will play a key role supporting Highline Warren President and CEO Darcy Curran in the company’s strategic growth efforts.
Highline Warren is a leading national manufacturer and distributor of consumable and maintenance products with 27 facilities and over 1,200 employees. The company carries more than 24,000 products including Mag 1® oil and lubricants, Rain-X® windshield washer fluid, and Prime Guard® products. Highline Warren was formed through the strategic combination of Highline Aftermarket and Warren Distribution.
Fleming brings more than 40 years of leadership experience in the customer-focused, omnichannel retail space. In his new role, he will support Highline Warren’s management team in further strengthening the company’s value proposition for its customers and enhancing ecommerce capabilities across the enterprise.
“I am thrilled to join Highline Warren as the company continues to grow and strengthen its leadership position across its various channels in the automotive aftermarket,” said John Fleming. “I look forward to partnering with Darcy and the Pritzker Private Capital team as Highline Warren continues its relentless focus on being the best company to work for, buy from and sell to in the automotive aftermarket.”
“John comes to us with tremendous experience in the retail and ecommerce industries and a wealth of knowledge that will help us continue to innovate and support our customers,” Curran said. “We are excited to welcome John to the Highline Warren family and look forward to the value he will bring to our organization.”
“As business builders, we are committed to supporting Highline Warren with the resources and talent necessary to provide the best products and service to our customers across North America,” said Tom Leverton, operating partner at Pritzker Private Capital, a private equity firm which owns Highline Warren. “John is a respected retail executive with extensive ecommerce experience and we are fortunate to have him as a partner to help continue to grow Highline Warren.”
Fleming has held several executive positions over his career at retailers with exposure to multiple markets and categories. He began his career at Dayton Hudson, previously a department store chain, as a merchant and then moved to Walmart in 2000 for 10 years to lead ecommerce, marketing and merchandising. At Walmart, he held a number of leadership positions, including executive vice president, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, and chief merchandising officer. From 2013 to 2016, he was chief executive officer of Global Ecommerce at Uniqlo, a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer. Most recently he was the interim CEO for rue21, a specialty retailer of young men and women’s casual apparel and accessories, where he guided the company successfully through the pandemic. Fleming currently sits on the Board of Directors of Bed, Bath and Beyond, UNTUCKit, rue21, The Visual Comfort Group and formerly sat on the Board of Directors of Stitch Fix.