CHICAGO — LKQ Corp. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Spears has said he intends to resign at or about the end of 2009 to pursue personal interests. LKQ has begun a search for his successor. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Spears confirmed that he will continue his duties until a successor is in place. “I will assist with the selection of our new CFO and will help train the new CFO to make the transition as smooth as possible. My target date is Dec. 31, but I have pledged to remain as CFO as long as my services are needed.” Speaking of Spears’ many contributions to LKQ, Joseph Holsten, president and CEO said, “Mark has been an integral part of LKQ for 10 years, and we greatly appreciate his professionalism, his service and his friendship. He is handing over his department in excellent shape, which should make this transition seamless.” In addition, LKQ and Spears have entered into a consulting agreement that begins on the date of his resignation and continues for five years thereafter. Under the consulting agreement, Spears will provide consulting services as needed with respect to financial matters, including the company’s financial statements and capital structure.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.