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 UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
 
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 13, 2023
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ADVANCE AUTO PARTS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware001-1679754-2049910
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
4200 Six Fork Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
 
(540) 362-4911
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
 
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading symbolName of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par valueAAPNew York Stock Exchange

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On November 13, 2023, Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (the "Company") appointed Ryan P. Grimsland to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, commencing November 27, 2023.

Mr. Grimsland joins the Company from Lowe’s Companies Inc. ("Lowe’s"), a leading home improvement retailer, where he has served in a variety of senior finance roles since 2006, most recently as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation since January 2023 and Senior Vice President Finance – Corporate Finance, Enterprise Strategy & Treasurer from February 2021 until January 2023. Previously, Mr. Grimsland served at Lowe’s as Vice President Finance – Global FP&A from March 2020 to February 2021, Vice President Finance – U.S. Retail Operations from November 2018 to February 2020 and Vice President Finance – International & Business Development from August 2017 to October 2019.

On November 13, 2023, the Company and Mr. Grimsland entered into an Employment Agreement, commencing November 27, 2023 (the "Employment Agreement"), pursuant to which Mr. Grimsland will be entitled to an annual base salary of $675,000 and, beginning in 2024, will be eligible to participate in the Company’s annual incentive bonus plan with a bonus target of 85% of base salary (the "Target Bonus Amount") and a maximum bonus opportunity of 200% of the Target Bonus Amount, based on the Company’s performance as measured against such corporate and individual performance goals and criteria as may be established by the Compensation Committee of the Board (the "Committee") from time to time. He will also receive a one-time cash signing bonus in the amount of $750,000, which is subject to repayment in part or full under certain separation circumstances within the first and second anniversaries of the bonus payment date as further described in the Employment Agreement.

Mr. Grimsland is eligible to receive annual equity grants under the Company’s 2023 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan with a grant type mix determined by the Committee consistent with that used for other executives of the Company. Under this Employment Agreement, his annual equity award for 2024 will have a grant-date fair value of $1,600,000. In addition, in connection with his appointment, Mr. Grimsland will receive a sign-on equity award consisting of $1,600,000 aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock units and $400,000 aggregate grant date fair value of stock options, each vesting ratably over a three-year term subject to continued employment with the Company through such dates of vesting.

Upon termination of employment by Mr. Grimsland for Good Reason or by the Company other than for Due Cause, Death or Disability (and not in connection with a Change in Control) (as each such terms are defined in the Employment Agreement), Mr. Grimsland will be entitled to: (1) a cash payment equal to the sum of his then annual base salary plus the three-year average of his annual bonus payments (or the average annual bonus paid over such shorter period as has been received), (2) outplacement assistance, at a cost to the Company not to exceed $25,000, for a period of up to 12 months, (3) continuing medical, dental and vision benefits and premiums for up to one year post-termination at the same cost as active employees, (4) waiver of obligation to repay the sign on bonus and (5) if not fully vested, acceleration of the unvested sign-on restricted stock units and stock options. Upon termination of employment other than Death, Disability or Due Cause, or upon resignation for Good Reason, within 12 months following a Change in Control, Mr. Grimsland will be entitled to the same benefits outlined above except that (1) the cash payment will equal to the sum of two times his then annual base salary plus two times his then target annual bonus amount, and (2) the medical benefits will be provided for a maximum of 18 months. Any severance benefits paid would be subject to Mr. Grimsland’s execution (without revocation) of a general release of claims against the Company.

Pursuant to the terms of the Employment Agreement, Mr. Grimsland is subject to certain restrictive covenants, including, among others, non-disclosure of confidential information, non-disparagement and, for a year following termination of employment, non-competition, and non-solicitation and non-interference of customers, suppliers, employees, agents or independent contractors.

The Employment Agreement provides for an initial two-year employment term, after which the term will automatically renew for additional one-year periods until either party provides at least 90 days’ notice of its



intention not to extend the agreement, unless the Employment Agreement terminates sooner pursuant to its terms.

The foregoing summary description of the Employment Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Employment Agreement filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit Number
101.1Pursuant to Rule 406 of Regulation S-T, the cover page to this Current Report on Form 8-K is formatted in Inline XBRL.
104.1Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document included in Exhibit 101.1).





SIGNATURES

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.

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS, INC.
Date: November 15, 2023/s/ Anthony A. Iskander
Anthony A. Iskander
Interim Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer





Exhibit 10.1

EXECUTION VERSION


EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
This AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) dated as of November 13, 2023, is between Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (“Advance” or the “Company”), a Delaware corporation, its subsidiaries, predecessors, successors, affiliated corporations, companies and partnerships, and its current and former officers, directors, and agents (collectively, the “Company”) and Ryan Grimsland (the “Executive”).
The Company and the Executive agree as follows:
1.Position; Term of Employment. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Company agrees to employ the Executive, and the Executive agrees to serve the Company, as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (“Executive’s Position”). The parties intend that the Executive shall continue to serve in this capacity throughout the Employment Term (as such term is defined below). In such capacity, the Executive shall report to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
The term of Executive’s employment by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall commence on November 27, 2023 (“Commencement Date”) and shall end on the day prior to the second anniversary of the Commencement Date, unless sooner terminated under the provisions of Paragraph 4 below (“Employment Term”); provided, however, that commencing on the second anniversary of the Commencement Date (“Anniversary Date”) the Employment Term shall be automatically extended for an additional period of one year unless, not later than 90 days prior to the Anniversary Date, either party shall have given notice to the other that it does not wish to extend the Employment Term (a “Non-Renewal”), in which case the Employment Term shall end on the day prior to the Anniversary Date; and on each anniversary of the Commencement Date thereafter the Employment Term shall be automatically extended for an additional period of one year unless, not later than 90 days prior to such anniversary, either party shall have given notice of a Non-Renewal to the other, in which case the Employment Term shall end 90 days following such notice. For purposes of clarification, the provision of an Employment Term does not change Executive’s at will status as stated in Subsection 4(l) below nor does it entitle Executive to payment of any compensation if Executive’s employment is terminated during the Employment Term, other than as specifically provided for below.
2.Duties.
(a)Duties and Responsibilities; Location. The Executive shall have such duties and responsibilities of the Executive’s Position and such other duties and responsibilities that are reasonably consistent with the Executive’s Position as the Company may request from time to time and Executive shall perform such duties and carry out such responsibilities to the best of the Executive’s ability for the purpose of advancing the business of the Company and its subsidiaries, if any (jointly and severally, “Related Entities”). The Executive shall observe and conform to the applicable policies and directives promulgated from time to time by the Company and the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) or by any superior officer(s) of the Company. Subject to the provisions of Subsection 2(b) below, the Executive shall devote the Executive’s full time, skill and attention during normal business hours to the business and affairs of the Company and its Related Entities, except for holidays and vacations consistent with applicable Company policy and except for illness or incapacity. The services to be performed by
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the Executive hereunder may be changed from time to time at the discretion of the Company. The Company shall retain full direction and control of the means and methods by which the Executive performs the Executive’s services and of the place or places at which such services are to be rendered. The Executive’s principal office location shall be the Company’s offices located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Executive shall provide his full time services from the Company’s offices, purchase a personal residence in, and establish his residency for tax purposes in the Raleigh, North Carolina area as soon as practicable after the Commencement Date but in no event later than the first anniversary of the Commencement Date. Executive understands that, while Executive’s principal office is located in North Carolina, the Executive’s Position will entail involvement with the entire range of the Company’s operations across the United States and Canada and may from time to time require travel throughout the United States and Canada.
(b)Other Activities. During the Term of this Agreement, it shall not be a violation of this Agreement for the Executive to, and the Executive shall be entitled to (i) serve on corporate, civic, charitable, retail industry association or professional association boards or committees within the limitations of the Company’s Guidelines on Significant Governance Issues, (ii) deliver lectures, fulfill speaking engagements or teach at educational institutions and (iii) manage personal investments, so long as the activities set forth in (i), (ii), and (iii) above (x) do not significantly interfere with the performance of the Executive’s duties and responsibilities as required by this Agreement and do not involve a conflict of interest with the Executive’s duties or responsibilities hereunder, (y) are in compliance with the Company’s policies and procedures in effect from time to time, including the Code of Ethics & Business Conduct and the Guidelines on Significant Governance Issues, in each case as may be amended periodically, and (z) do not violate Paragraph 18 of this Agreement.
3.Compensation.
(a)Base Salary. During the Employment Term, the Company shall pay to the Executive a salary of $675,000 per annum, payable consistent with the Company’s standard payroll practices then in effect (“Base Salary”). Such Base Salary shall be reviewed by the Compensation Committee of the Board (hereinafter the “Compensation Committee”) at least annually, with any changes taking into account, among other factors, Company and individual performance.
(b)Bonus. With respect to each fiscal year that ends during the Employment Term, commencing with fiscal year 2024, the Executive shall be eligible to receive a bonus in such amounts and based upon achievement of such corporate and/or individual performance and other criteria as shall be approved by the Compensation Committee from time to time, with a target amount, if such performance and other criteria are achieved, of eighty-five percent (85%) of the Base Salary (the “Target Bonus Amount”), which bonus shall be paid in a manner consistent with the Company’s bonus practices then in effect. The Target Bonus Amount and the maximum payout for any subsequent renewal Term of the Agreement shall be determined by the Compensation Committee. To be eligible to receive a bonus, the Executive must be employed by the Company on the date the bonus is paid.
(c)Long-Term Incentive Awards. With respect to each fiscal year that ends during the Employment Term, commencing with fiscal year 2024, the Executive shall be granted a long-term incentive award in an amount determined by the Compensation Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for fiscal year 2024, the grant date fair value of the Executive’s
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long-term incentive award shall be $1,600,000. The grant-type mix that shall comprise such annual long-term incentive award shall be determined by the Compensation Committee each fiscal year and shall be consistent with grant-type mix used for other senior executives of the Company. The Executive’s long-term incentive awards shall be issued under the Advance Auto Parts Inc. 2023 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan or any successor plan thereto (the “2023 Omnibus Plan”) and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the 2023 Omnibus Plan and the award agreement evidencing the grant of each such award.
(d)Sign-on Compensation. The compensation set forth in this Subsection 3(d) is intended to incentivize the Executive and replace certain compensation payable to the Executive by the company that employed the Executive immediately prior to the Company (the “Prior Employer”), which the Executive shall forfeit as a result of leaving the employ of the Prior Employer (the “Prior Awards”).
(i)Sign-on Bonus. As soon as practicable after the Commencement Date, the Company shall pay to the Executive a cash bonus in the amount of $750,000 (the “Sign-On Bonus”) to replace the 2023 annual cash incentive the Executive was expected to earn from the Prior Employer; provided, that the Executive shall repay to the Company (A) one-hundred percent (100%) of the Sign-On Bonus if the Executive resigns from the Company without Good Reason (as defined below) or is terminated by the Company for Due Cause (as defined below) prior to the first anniversary of the Commencement Date, and (B) fifty percent (50%) of the Sign-On Bonus if the Executive resigns from the Company without Good Reason or is terminated by the Company for Due Cause on or after the first anniversary of Commencement Date but prior to the second anniversary of the Commencement Date.
(ii)Sign-on RSUs. As soon as practicable after the Commencement Date, the Executive shall be granted $1,600,000 in restricted stock units (the “Sign-On RSUs”) to replace certain outstanding unvested equity-based Prior Awards. The Sign-On RSUs shall be an award of time-based RSUs, which shall vest in three (3) equal annual installments on the first, second and third anniversaries of the grant date, subject to the Executive’s continued employment with the Company through the applicable vesting date. The Sign-On RSUs shall be issued under the 2023 Omnibus Plan and, except as otherwise provided herein, shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the 2023 Omnibus Plan and the award agreement evidencing the grant of such Sign-On RSUs.
(iii)Sign-On Stock Options. As soon as practicable after the Commencement Date, the Executive shall be granted $400,000 in non-qualified stock options (the “Sign-On Options”) to replace certain outstanding unvested equity-based Prior Awards. The Sign-On Options shall have an exercise price per share equal to the closing price of a share of the common stock on the date of the grant as listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and shall vest in three (3) equal annual installments on the first, second and third anniversaries of the grant date, subject to the Executive’s continued employment with the Company through the applicable vesting date. The Sign-On Options shall be issued under the 2023 Omnibus Plan and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the 2023 Omnibus Plan and the award agreement evidencing the grant of such Sign-On Options.
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(e)Incentive Compensation Clawback. Any compensation provided by the Company to the Executive, excepting only compensation pursuant to Subsection 3(a) above, shall be subject to the Company’s Incentive Compensation Clawback Policy as such policy shall be adopted, and from time to time amended, by the Board or the Compensation Committee.
(f)Benefit Plans. During the Employment Term, the Executive shall be eligible to participate in all retirement and employment benefit plans and programs of the Company that are generally available to senior executives of the Company. Executive may also receive long term incentive grants pursuant to the Company’s long-term incentive program(s). Such participation shall be pursuant to the terms and conditions of such plans and programs, as the same shall be amended from time to time. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Executive shall be entitled to receive relocation benefits consistent with the Company’s policy in effect from time to time with adjustments as approved by a representative of the Compensation Committee.
(g)Business Expenses. During the Employment Term, the Company shall, in accordance with policies then in effect with respect to payments of business expenses, pay or reimburse the Executive for all reasonable out-of-pocket travel and other expenses (other than ordinary commuting expenses) incurred by the Executive in performing services hereunder; provided, however, that, with respect to reimbursements, if any, not otherwise excludible from the Executive’s gross income, to the extent required to comply with the provisions of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), no reimbursement of expenses incurred by the Executive during any taxable year shall be made after the last day of the following taxable year, and the right to reimbursement of such expenses shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit. All such expenses shall be accounted for in such reasonable detail as the Company may require.
4.Termination of Employment.
(a)Death. In the event of the death of the Executive during the Employment Term, the Executive’s employment shall be automatically terminated as of the date of death and a lump sum amount, equivalent to the Executive’s annual Base Salary and Target Bonus Amount then in effect, shall be paid, within 60 days after the date of the Executive’s death, to the Executive’s designated beneficiary, or to the Executive’s estate or other legal representative if no beneficiary was designated at the time of the Executive’s death. In the event of the death of the Executive during the Employment Term, the restrictions and deferral limitations applicable to any Option, Stock Appreciation Right (“SAR”), Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Unit, Performance Share, Performance Unit, Deferred Stock Unit, Dividend Equivalent or any Stock Grant Awards (collectively “Awards”), as such Awards are defined in the 2023 Omnibus Plan, granted to the Executive shall be subject to the provisions regarding vesting and transferability in those circumstances as are set forth in the applicable award agreement or grant, provided that both the Sign-On RSUs and the Sign-On Stock Options shall become fully vested as of the Executive’s date of termination. The foregoing benefit will be provided in addition to any death, disability or other benefits provided under the Company’s benefit plans and programs in which the Executive was participating at the time of Executive’s death. Except in accordance with the terms of the Company’s benefit programs and other plans and programs then in effect, after the date of the Executive’s death, the Executive shall not be entitled to any other compensation or benefits from the Company or hereunder. In the event of the death of the Executive as described in this Subsection 4(a), to the extent previously paid, the Executive’s obligation to pay back the Sign-On Bonus, pursuant to Subsection 3(d)(i) shall be waived.
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(b)Disability. In the event of the Executive’s Disability as hereinafter defined, the employment of the Executive may be terminated by the Company, effective upon the Disability Termination Date (as defined below). In such event, the Company shall pay the Executive an amount equivalent to thirty percent (30%) of the Executive’s Base Salary for a one year period, which amount shall be paid in one lump sum within 45 days following the Executive’s “separation from service,” as that term is defined in Section 409A of the Code and regulations promulgated thereunder, from the Company (his “Separation From Service”), provided that the Executive or an individual duly authorized to execute legal documents on the Executive’s behalf executes and does not revoke within any applicable revocation period the release described in Subsection 4(j)(ii). The foregoing benefit will be provided in addition to any disability or other benefits provided under the Company’s benefit plans in which the Executive participates. For the avoidance of doubt, participation by the Executive in the Company’s long-term and/or short-term disability insurance benefit plans is voluntary on the part of the Executive and is made available by the Company at the sole cost of the Executive. The purpose and intent of the preceding three sentences is to ensure that the Executive receives a combination of insurance benefits and Company payments following the Disability Termination Date equal to 100% of Executive’s then-applicable Base Salary for such one-year period. In the event that Executive does not elect to participate in the Company’s long-term and/or short-term disability insurance benefit plans, the Company shall not be obligated to pay the Executive any amount in excess of thirty percent (30%) of the Executive’s Base Salary. In the event of the Disability of the Executive during the Employment Term, the restrictions and deferral limitations applicable to Awards, as such Awards are defined in the 2023 Omnibus Plan, granted to the Executive shall be subject to the provisions regarding vesting and transferability in those circumstances as are set forth in the applicable award agreement or grant, provided that both the Sign-On RSUs and Sign-On Options shall become fully vested as of the Executive’s date of termination.. The Company shall also pay to the Executive a lump sum amount equivalent to the Executive’s Target Bonus Amount then in effect, which amount shall be paid in one lump sum within 45 days following the Executive’s Separation from Service, provided that the Executive or an individual duly authorized to execute legal documents on the Executive’s behalf executes and does not revoke within any applicable revocation period the release described in Subsection 4(j)(ii). Otherwise, after the Disability Termination Date, except in accordance with the Company’s benefit programs and other plans then in effect, the Executive shall not be entitled to any compensation or benefits from the Company or hereunder. Upon the Disability Termination Date, to the extent previously paid, the Executive’s obligation to pay back the Sign-On Bonus, pursuant to Subsection 3(d)(i) shall be waived.
“Disability,” for purposes of this Agreement, shall mean the Executive’s incapacity due to physical or mental illness causing the Executive’s complete and full-time absence from the Executive’s duties, as defined in Paragraph 2, for either a consecutive period of more than six months or at least 180 days within any 270-day period. The “Disability Termination Date” shall be the date on which the Company makes such determination of the Executive’s Disability.
(c)Termination by the Company for Due Cause. Nothing herein shall prevent the Company from terminating the Executive’s employment at any time for “Due Cause” (as hereinafter defined). The Executive shall continue to receive the Base Salary provided for in this Agreement only through the period ending with the date of such termination. Any rights and benefits the Executive may have under employee benefit plans and programs of the Company
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shall be determined in accordance with the terms of such plans and programs. Except as provided in the two immediately preceding sentences, after termination of employment for Due Cause, the Executive shall not be entitled to any compensation or benefits from the Company or hereunder.
For purposes of this Agreement, “Due Cause” shall mean:
(i)a material breach by the Executive of the Executive’s duties and obligations under this Agreement or violation in any material respect of any code or standard of conduct generally applicable to the officers of the Company, including, but not limited to, the Company’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, which, if curable, has not been cured by the Executive within 15 business days after the Executive’s receipt of notice to the Executive specifying the nature of such breach or violations;
(ii)a material violation by the Executive of the Executive’s Loyalty Obligations as provided in Paragraph 18;
(iii)the commission by the Executive or indictment for a crime of moral turpitude or a felony involving fraud, breach of trust, or misappropriation;
(iv)the Executive’s willfully engaging in bad faith conduct that is demonstrably and materially injurious to the Company, monetarily or otherwise; or
(v)a determination by the Company that the Executive is in violation of the Company’s Substance Abuse Policy.
(d)Termination by the Company Other than for Due Cause, Death or Disability. The foregoing notwithstanding, the Company may terminate the Executive’s employment for any or no reason, as it may deem appropriate in its sole discretion and judgment; provided, however, that in the event such termination is not due to Death, Disability or Due Cause, the Executive shall (i) be entitled to a Termination Payment as hereinafter defined and (ii) be sent written notice stating the termination is not due to Death, Disability or Due Cause. In the event of such termination by the Company, the Executive shall receive certain payments and benefits as set forth in this Subsection 4(d).
(i)Termination Payment. If the Company terminates the Executive’s employment for other than Death, Disability or Due Cause prior to the expiration of the Employment Term, the term “Termination Payment” shall mean a cash payment equal to the sum of:
(A)an amount equal to the Executive’s annual Base Salary, as in effect immediately prior to such termination (unless the termination is in connection with an action that would have enabled the Executive to terminate Executive’s employment for Good Reason pursuant to Subsection 4(e)(i)(A), in which case, it shall be the Base Salary in effect prior to any such material diminution of the Base Salary) (the “Termination Salary Payment”), and
(B)an amount equal to the average value of the annual bonuses pursuant to Subsection 3(b) paid to Executive for the three completed fiscal years immediately prior to the date of such termination; provided, however, that if Executive has been employed by the Company for fewer
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than three complete fiscal years prior to the date of such termination, Executive shall receive an amount equal to the average value of the annual bonuses pursuant to Subsection 3(b) that the Executive has received during the period of the Executive’s employment.
(ii)Outplacement Services. The Company shall make outplacement services available to the Executive, at a cost to the Company not to exceed $25,000, for a period of time not to exceed 12 months following the date of termination pursuant to the Company’s Executive outplacement program with the Company’s selected vendor, to include consulting, search support and administrative services.
(iii)Medical Coverage. In addition, the Company shall provide the Executive with medical, dental and vision insurance benefits (which may also cover, if applicable, the Executive’s spouse and eligible dependents) for three hundred sixty-five (365) days from the date of the Executive’s termination of employment or until such time as the Executive is eligible for group health coverage under another employer’s plan, whichever occurs first. In order to trigger the Company’s obligation to provide health care continuation benefits, the Executive must elect continuation coverage pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (“COBRA”), upon such eligibility. The Company’s obligation shall be satisfied solely through the payment of the Executive’s COBRA premiums during the 365-day period, but only to the extent that such premiums exceed the amount that would otherwise have been payable by the Executive for coverage of the Executive and the Executive’s eligible dependents that were covered by the Company’s medical, dental, and vision insurance programs at the time of the Executive’s termination of employment had the Executive continued to be employed by the Company.
(iv)Other. (A) to the extent previously paid, the Executive’s obligation to pay back the Sign-On Bonus, pursuant to Subsection 3(d)(i) shall be waived, (B) the Sign-On RSUs shall become fully vested as of the Executive’s date of termination and (C) the Sign-On Options shall become fully vested as of the Executive’s date of termination.
(v)Timing of Payments. The Termination Salary Payment and Termination Bonus Payment shall be paid in one lump sum within 45 days following the date of the Executive’s Separation From Service, provided that the Executive executes and does not revoke within any applicable revocation period the release described in Subsection 4(j)(ii) below.
(vi)Entire Obligation. Except as provided in Subsection 4(j) of this Agreement, following the Executive’s termination of employment under this Subsection 4(d), the Executive will have no further obligation to the Company pursuant to this Agreement (other than under Subsection 4(i) and Paragraph 18 (to the extent such policies, guidelines and codes by their terms apply post-employment)). Except for the Termination Payment and as otherwise provided in accordance with the terms of the Company’s benefit programs and plans then in effect or as expressly required under applicable law, after termination by the
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Company of employment for other than Death, Disability or Due Cause, the Executive shall not be entitled to any other compensation or benefits from the Company or hereunder.
(e)Resignation from Employment by the Executive for Good Reason. Termination by the Company without Due Cause under Subsection 4(d) shall be deemed to have occurred if the Executive elects to resign from employment for Good Reason.
(i)Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean:
(A)a material diminution in the Executive’s “Total Direct Compensation,” which shall mean the value of the total of the Executive’s Base Salary, Target Bonus opportunity, and annual equity award taken together;
(B)a material diminution in the Executive’s authority, duties, or responsibilities, including that Executive no longer reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer;
(C)the Company’s requiring the Executive to be based more than 60 miles from the Company’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina;
(D)delivery by the Company of a notice of Non-Renewal; or
(E)any other action or inaction that constitutes a material breach by the Company of the terms of this Agreement.
(ii)Notice of Good Reason Condition. In order to be considered a resignation for Good Reason for purposes of this Agreement, the Executive must provide the Company with written notice and description of the existence of the Good Reason condition within 60 days of the initial discovery by the Executive of the existence of said Good Reason condition and the Company shall have 30 business days to cure such Good Reason condition.
(iii)Effective Date of Resignation. The effective date of the Executive’s resignation for Good Reason must occur no longer than six (6) months following the expiration of the cure period set forth in Subsection 4(e)(ii), above. If Executive has not resigned for Good Reason effective within six (6) months following the expiration of the cure period set forth in Subsection 4(e)(ii), above, the Executive shall be deemed to have waived said Good Reason condition.
(f)Termination by the Company Other Than For Due Cause, Death or Disability or Resignation from Employment for Good Reason Within Twelve Months After a Change in Control. If the Company terminates the Executive’s employment for other than Death, Disability or Due Cause prior to the expiration of the Employment Term and within twelve (12) months after a Change In Control (as defined below), or if the Executive elects to terminate the Executive’s employment for Good Reason prior to the expiration of the Employment Term and within twelve (12) months after a Change In Control, then (i) the Executive shall be entitled to a Change In Control Termination Payment as hereinafter defined in lieu of the Termination Payment set forth in Subsection 4(d)(i) above, (ii) the Executive shall receive benefits as defined in Subsections 4(d)(ii), (iii) and (iv) above (except that for purposes
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of Subsection 4(d)(iii), such benefit shall be provided for a maximum of eighteen (18) months rather than three hundred sixty-five (365) days), and (iii) either the Company or the Executive, as the case may be, shall provide Notice of Termination pursuant to Subsection 4(j)(i) other than in the case of a Non-Renewal, which shall be communicated in accordance with Paragraph 1.
(i)Change In Control Termination Payment. The term “Change In Control Termination Payment” shall mean a cash payment equal to the sum of:
(A)an amount equal to two times the Executive’s annual Base Salary, as in effect immediately prior to such termination (unless the termination is due to Subsection 4(e)(i)(A), in which case, it shall be two times the Executive’s annual Base Salary in effect prior to any such material diminution of the Base Salary) (the “Change In Control Termination Salary Payment”), and
(B)an amount equal to two times the Executive’s Target Bonus Amount, as in effect immediately prior to such termination (unless the termination is due to Subsections 4(e)(i)(A) or (E), in which case, it shall be two times the Executive’s Target Bonus Amount in effect prior to any such material diminution of the Target Bonus Amount or termination of the bonus plan, respectively) (the “Change In Control Termination Bonus Payment”).
(ii)Timing of Payments. The Change In Control Termination Salary Payment and the Change In Control Termination Bonus Payment shall be paid in lump sum payments within 45 days following the date of the Executive’s Separation From Service, provided that the Executive executes and does not revoke within any applicable revocation period the release described in Subsection 4(j)(ii) below.
(iii)Entire Obligation. Except as provided in Subsection 4(i) of this Agreement, following the Executive’s termination of employment under this Subsection 4(f), the Executive will have no further obligation to the Company pursuant to this Agreement (other than under Subsection 4(i) and Paragraph 18 (to the extent such policies, guidelines and codes by their terms apply post-employment)). Except for the Change In Control Termination Payment and as otherwise provided in accordance with the terms of the Company’s benefit programs and plans then in effect or as expressly required under applicable law, within twelve (12) months after a Change In Control, after termination by the Company of employment for other than Death, Disability or Due Cause or after termination by the Executive for Good Reason, the Executive shall not be entitled to any other compensation or benefits from the Company or hereunder.
(iv)Change In Control. For purposes of this Agreement, “Change In Control” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events:
(A)a Transaction, as defined below, unless securities possessing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of the survivor’s or acquiror’s outstanding securities (or the securities of any parent thereof) are held by a person or persons who held securities possessing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of the Company’s outstanding securities immediately prior to that transaction, or
(B)any person or group of persons (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and in effect from
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time to time) directly or indirectly acquires, including but not limited to by means of a merger or consolidation, beneficial ownership (determined pursuant to Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the said Exchange Act) of securities possessing more than 25% of the total combined voting power of the Company’s outstanding securities unless pursuant to a tender or exchange offer made directly to the Company’s stockholders that the Board recommends such stockholders accept, other than (i) the Company or any of its Affiliates, (ii) an employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its Affiliates, (iii) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its Affiliates, or (iv) an underwriter temporarily holding securities pursuant to an offering of such securities, or
(C)over a period of thirty-six (36) consecutive months or less, there is a change in the composition of the Board such that a majority of the Board members (rounded up to the next whole number, if a fraction) ceases, by reason of one or more proxy contests for the election of Board members, to be composed of individuals who either (i) have been Board members continuously since the beginning of that period, or (ii) have been elected or nominated for election as Board members during such period by at least a majority of the Board members described in the preceding clause (i) who were still in office at the time that election or nomination was approved by the Board.
For purposes of Subsection 4(f)(iv)(A), “Transaction” means (1) consummation of any merger or consolidation of the Company with or into another entity as a result of which the Stock of the Company is converted into or exchanged for the right to receive cash, securities or other property or is cancelled, (2) any sale or exchange of all of the Stock of the Company for cash, securities or other property, (3) any sale, transfer, or other disposition of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets to one or more other persons in a single transaction or series of related transactions or (4) any liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
(v)IRC 280G “Net-Best”. Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, in the event it shall be determined that (A) any payment, award, benefit or distribution (or any acceleration of any payment, award, benefit or distribution) by the Company (or any of its affiliated entities) or any entity which effectuates a Change in Control (or any of its affiliated entities) to or for the benefit of Executive (whether pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise) (the “Payments”) would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Excise Tax”), and (B) the reduction of the amounts payable to Executive to the maximum amount that could be paid to Executive without giving rise to the Excise Tax (the “Safe Harbor Cap”) would provide Executive with a greater after tax amount than if such amounts were not reduced, then the amounts payable to Executive shall be reduced (but not below zero) to the Safe Harbor Cap. If the reduction of the amounts payable would not result in a greater after tax result to Executive, no amounts payable under this Agreement shall be reduced pursuant to this provision.
(A)Reduction of Payments. The reduction of the amounts payable hereunder, if applicable, shall be made by reducing first cash amounts payable
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under this Agreement (in contrast to benefit amounts), and applying any reduction to amounts payable in the following order: (A) first, any cash amounts payable to Executive as a Termination Payment or Change in Control Termination Payment under this Agreement, as applicable; (B) second, any cash amounts payable by Company for Outplacement Services on behalf of Executive under the terms of this Agreement; (C) third, any amounts payable by Company on behalf of Executive under the terms of this Agreement for continued Medical Coverage; (D) fourth, any other cash amounts payable by Company to or on behalf of Executive under the terms of this Agreement: (E) fifth, outstanding performance-based equity grants to the extent that any such grants would be subject to the Excise Tax; and (F) finally, any time-vesting equity grants to the extent that any such grants would be subject to the Excise Tax.
(B)Determinations by Accounting Firm. All determinations required to be made under this Subsection 4(f)(v) shall be made by the public accounting firm that is retained by the Company as of the date immediately prior to the Change in Control (the “Accounting Firm”) which shall provide detailed supporting calculations both to the Company and Executive within fifteen (15) business days of the receipt of notice from the Company or Executive that there has been a Payment, or such earlier time as is requested by the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event (A) the Board shall determine prior to the Change in Control that the Accounting Firm is precluded from performing such services under applicable auditor independence rules or (B) the Audit Committee of the Board determines that it does not want the Accounting Firm to perform such services because of auditor independence concerns or (C) the Accounting Firm is serving as accountant or auditor for the person(s) effecting the Change in Control, the Board shall appoint another nationally recognized public accounting firm reasonably acceptable to Executive to make the determinations required hereunder (which accounting firm shall then be referred to as the Accounting Firm hereunder). All fees, costs and expenses (including, but not limited to, the costs of retaining experts) of the Accounting Firm shall be borne by the Company. If Payments are reduced to the Safe Harbor Cap or the Accounting Firm determines that no Excise Tax is payable by Executive without a reduction in Payments, the Accounting Firm shall provide a written opinion to Executive to the effect that the Executive is not required to report any Excise Tax on the Executive’s federal income tax return, and that the failure to report the Excise Tax, if any, on Executive’s applicable federal income tax return will not result in the imposition of a negligence or similar penalty. The determination by the Accounting Firm shall be binding upon the Company and Executive (except as provided in Subsection 4(f)(v)(C) below).
(C)Excess Payment/Underpayment. If it is established pursuant to a final determination of a court or an Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) proceeding which has been finally and conclusively resolved, that Payments have been made to, or provided for the benefit of, Executive, which are in excess of the limitations provided in this Subsection (referred to hereinafter as an “Excess Payment”), Executive shall repay the Excess Payment to the Company on demand, together with interest on the Excess Payment at the applicable federal
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rate (as defined in Section 1274(d) of the Code) from the date of Executive’s receipt of such Excess Payment until the date of such repayment. As a result of the uncertainty in the application of Section 4999 of the Code at the time of the determination, it is possible that Payments which will not have been made by the Company should have been made (an “Underpayment”), consistent with the calculations required to be made under this Subsection. In the event that it is determined (i) by the Accounting Firm, the Company (which shall include the position taken by the Company, or together with its consolidated group, on its federal income tax return) or the IRS or (ii) pursuant to a determination by a court, that an Underpayment has occurred, the Company shall pay an amount equal to such Underpayment to Executive within ten (10) days of such determination together with interest on such amount at the applicable federal rate from the date such amount would have been paid to Executive until the date of payment. Executive shall cooperate, to the extent the Executive’s reasonable expenses are reimbursed by the Company, with any reasonable requests by the Company in connection with any contests or disputes with the IRS in connection with the Excise Tax or the determination of the Excess Payment. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that amounts payable under this Agreement were reduced pursuant to Subsection 4(f)(v)(A) and the value of stock options is subsequently re-determined by the Accounting Firm within the context of Treasury Regulation §1.280G-1 Q/A 33 that reduces the value of the Payments attributable to such options, the Company shall promptly pay to Executive any amounts payable under this Agreement that were not previously paid solely as a result of Paragraph 4(f)(v)(A) up to the Safe Harbor Cap.
(g)Voluntary Termination Without Good Reason. In the event that the Executive terminates the Executive’s employment at the Executive’s own volition prior to the expiration of the Employment Term (except as provided in Subsection 4(e) above), such termination shall constitute a “Voluntary Termination” and in such event the Executive shall be limited to the same rights and benefits as provided in connection with a termination for Due Cause under Subsection 4(c) above.
(h)Compliance With Code Section 409A. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Agreement is intended to be interpreted and operated so that the payment of the benefits set forth herein shall either be exempt from the requirements of Section 409A of the Code or shall comply with the requirements of such provision; provided however that in no event shall the Company be liable to the Executive for or with respect to any taxes, penalties or interest which may be imposed upon the Executive pursuant to Section 409A. To the extent that any amount payable pursuant to Subsections 4(b), 4(d)(i), 4(d)(iii) or 4(f) constitutes a “deferral of compensation” subject to Section 409A (a “409A Payment”), then, if on the date of the Executive’s “separation from service,” as such term is defined in Treas. Reg. Section 1.409A-1(h)(1), from the Company (his “Separation from Service”), the Executive is a “specified employee,” as such term is defined in Treas. Reg. Section 1.409-1(i), as determined from time to time by the Company, then such 409A Payment shall not be made to the Executive earlier than the earlier of (i) six (6) months after the Executive’s Separation from Service; or (ii) the date of Executive’s death. The 409A Payments under this Agreement that would otherwise be made during such period shall be aggregated and paid in one lump sum,
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without interest, on the first business day following the end of the six (6) month period or following the date of the Executive’s death, whichever is earlier, and the balance of the 409A Payments, if any, shall be paid in accordance with the applicable payment schedule provided in this Paragraph 4. To the extent any 409A Payment is conditioned on the Executive (or Executive’s legal representative) executing a release of claims, which 409A Payment would be made in a later taxable year of the Executive than the taxable year in which Executive’s Separation from Service occurs if such release were executed and delivered and became irrevocable at the last possible date allowed under this Agreement, such 409A Payment will be paid no earlier than such later taxable year. In applying Section 409A to compensation paid pursuant to this Agreement, any right to a series of installment payments under this Agreement shall be treated as a right to a series of separate payments. The Executive hereby acknowledges that Executive has been advised to seek and has sought the advice of a tax advisor with respect to the tax consequences to the Executive of all payments pursuant to this Agreement, including any adverse tax consequences or penalty taxes under Code Section 409A and applicable State tax law. Executive hereby agrees to bear the entire risk of any such adverse federal and State tax consequences and penalty taxes in the event any payment pursuant to this Agreement is deemed to be subject to Code Section 409A, and that no representations have been made to the Executive relating to the tax treatment of any payment pursuant to this Agreement under Code Section 409A and the corresponding provisions of any applicable State income tax laws.
(i)Cooperation. During the term of the Executive’s employment by the Company and following the termination of the Executive’s employment with the Company, taking into account the Executive’s other reasonable personal and professional commitments, the Executive agrees to reasonably assist the Company and its representatives and agents with any business, investigation and/or litigation (or potential litigation) matters affecting or involving the Company relating to Executive’s period of employment. The Company will reimburse the Executive for all associated reasonable costs of travel.
(j)Notice of Termination, Resignation and Release. Any termination under Subsection 4(b) by the Company for Disability or Subsection 4(c) for Due Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason under Subsection 4(e) or by the Company or the Executive within twelve (12) months after a Change in Control under Subsection 4(f) or by the Executive by Voluntary Termination under Subsection 4(g) shall be communicated by Notice of Termination to the other party thereto given in accordance with Paragraph 10.
(i)Notice of Termination. For purposes of this Agreement, a “Notice of Termination” means a written notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) sets forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive’s employment under the provision so indicated and (iii) if the termination date is other than the date of receipt of such Notice, specifies the termination date (which date shall not be prior to the date of such notice or more than 15 days after the giving of such Notice).
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(ii)Resignation and Release. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, unless the Company provides otherwise, upon termination of employment for any reason, Executive shall be deemed to have resigned as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, if applicable, and as an officer, director, manager and employee of the Company and its Related Entities and shall execute any documents and take any actions to effect the foregoing as requested by the Company. In order to be eligible to receive any payments or benefits hereunder as a result of the termination of the Executive’s employment, in addition to fulfilling all other conditions precedent to such receipt, the Executive or the Executive’s legal representative must within 21 days (or such other period as required under applicable law) after presentation of a release in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Company and its legal counsel, execute said release, and within 7 days (or such other period as required under applicable law) after such execution not revoke said release, on behalf of the Executive and the Executive’s estate, heirs and representatives, releasing the Company, its Related Entities and each of the Company’s and such Related Entities’ respective officers, directors, employees, members, managers, agents, independent contractors, representatives, shareholders, successors and assigns (all of which persons and entities shall be third party beneficiaries of such release with full power to enforce the provisions thereof) from any and all claims related to the Executive’s employment with the Company; termination of the Executive’s employment; all matters alleged or which could have been alleged in a charge or complaint against the Company; any and all injuries, losses or damages to Executive, including any claims for attorney’s fees; any and all claims relating to the conduct of any employee, servant, officer, director or agent of the Company; and any and all matters, transactions or things occurring prior to the date of said release, including any and all possible claims, known or unknown, which could have been asserted against the Company or the Company’s employees, agents, servants, officers or directors. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the form of release shall except out therefrom, and acknowledge the Executive’s continuing rights with respect to, the following: (i) all vested rights that the Executive may have under all welfare, retirement and other plans and programs of the Company in which the Executive was participating at the time of Executive’s employment termination, including all equity plans and programs of the Company with respect to which equity awards were made to the Executive, (ii) all continuing rights that the Executive may have under this Agreement, (iii) all rights that the Executive may have following the termination of Executive’s employment under the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws, any applicable Company insurance and any indemnity agreements to which the Executive is a party which provide for indemnification, insurance or other, similar coverage for the Executive with respect to Executive’s actions or inactions as an officer, employee and/or member of the Board, and (iv) claims which by law cannot be waived by signing this Agreement. The Company confirms that it will maintain applicable directors and officers (D&O) insurance coverage for its directors and officers, including the Executive during the Executive’s employment period. For clarification, unless and until the Executive executes and does not, within any applicable revocation period, revoke the release, the Company shall have no
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obligation to make any Termination Payment to the Executive, and, even if the Executive does not execute the release, the Executive shall be bound by the post-termination provisions of this Agreement, including without limitation Paragraph 18.
(k)Earned and Accrued Payments. The foregoing notwithstanding, upon the termination of the Executive’s employment at any time, for any reason, the Executive shall be paid all amounts that had already been earned and accrued as of the time of termination, including but not limited to (i) any bonus that had been earned but not yet paid; and (ii) reimbursement for any business expenses accrued in accordance with Subsection 3(e).
(l)Employment at Will. The Company and Executive expressly understand and agree that nothing herein shall be construed as a guarantee of employment for any specific time, nor does it change the at will employment relationship. Either the Company or Executive may terminate the Executive’s employment under this Paragraph 4 at will, for any or no reason, subject to compliance with the applicable post-termination obligations of each contained herein.
5.Treatment of Equity Awards Upon Change In Control. In the event of a Change in Control as defined hereinabove, the restrictions and deferral limitations applicable to any Option, Stock Appreciation Right (“SAR”), Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Unit, Performance Share, Performance Unit, Deferred Stock Unit, Dividend Equivalent or any Stock Grant Awards (collectively “Awards”) as such Awards are defined in the 2023 Omnibus Plan, granted to the Executive shall be subject to such provisions regarding vesting and transferability in those circumstances as are set forth in the applicable award agreement or grant.
6.Successors and Assigns.
(a)Assignment by the Company. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company or any corporation or other entity to which the Company may transfer all or substantially all of its assets and business and to which the Company may assign this Agreement, in which case the term “Company,” as used herein, shall mean such corporation or other entity, provided that no such assignment shall relieve the Company from any obligations hereunder, whether arising prior to or after such assignment.
(b)Assignment by the Executive. The Executive may not assign this Agreement or any part hereof without the prior written consent of the Company; provided, however, that nothing herein shall preclude the Executive from designating one or more beneficiaries to receive any amount that may be payable following occurrence of the Executive’s legal incompetency or Death and shall not preclude the legal representative of the Executive’s estate from assigning any right hereunder to the person or persons entitled thereto under the Executive’s will or, in the case of intestacy, to the person or persons entitled thereto under the laws of intestacy applicable to the Executive’s estate. The term “beneficiaries,” as used in this Agreement, shall mean a beneficiary or beneficiaries so designated to receive any such amount or, if no beneficiary has been so designated, the legal representative of the Executive (in the event of the Executive’s incompetency) or the Executive’s estate.
7.Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina.

8.Entire Agreement. This Agreement, which shall include the Exhibits hereto, contains all of the understandings and representations between the parties hereto pertaining to the matters referred to herein, and supersedes all undertakings and agreements, whether oral or in writing,
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previously entered into by them with respect thereto, including without limitation any previous employment, severance or separation agreements (including any severance or change in control benefits contained therein); provided that the obligations set forth in Paragraph 18 of this Agreement are in addition to any similar obligations Executive has to the Company or its affiliates. This Agreement may only be modified by an instrument in writing signed by both parties hereto.

9.Waiver of Breach. The waiver by any party of a breach of any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall not operate or be construed to be a waiver of a similar or dissimilar provision or condition at the same or any prior or subsequent time.

10.Notices. Any notice to be given hereunder shall be in writing and delivered personally, or sent by certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, addressed to the party concerned at the address indicated below or to such other address as such party may subsequently give notice of hereunder in writing:

If to the Company:
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
4200 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Attn: General Counsel

With a copy to:
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
4200 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Attn: Chief Executive Officer
If to the Executive:
To the last address in the Company’s records.

11.Waiver of Jury Trial. THE EXECUTIVE AND THE COMPANY AGREE TO WAIVE THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING BASED UPON, OR RELATED TO, ANY LOYALTY OBLIGATIONS. THIS WAIVER IS KNOWINGLY, INTENTIONALLY, AND VOLUNTARILY MADE BY THE EXECUTIVE AND THE COMPANY, AND THE EXECUTIVE AND THE COMPANY EACH ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, EXCEPT FOR THE COMPANY’S AGREEMENT TO LIKEWISE WAIVE ITS RIGHTS TO A TRIAL BY JURY, THE COMPANY HAS NOT MADE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OF FACTS TO INDUCE THIS WAIVER OF TRIAL BY JURY OR IN ANY WAY TO MODIFY OR NULLIFY ITS EFFECT. THE EXECUTIVE FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE EXECUTIVE HAS BEEN REPRESENTED (OR HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE REPRESENTED) IN THE SIGNING OF THIS AGREEMENT AND IN THE MAKING OF THIS WAIVER BY INDEPENDENT LEGAL COUNSEL, SELECTED OF THE EXECUTIVE’S OWN FREE WILL, AND THAT THE EXECUTIVE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THIS WAIVER WITH COUNSEL. THE EXECUTIVE FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE EXECUTIVE HAS READ AND
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UNDERSTANDS THE MEANING AND RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS WAIVER AND AS EVIDENCE OF THIS FACT SIGNS THIS AGREEMENT BELOW.

12.Withholding. Anything to the contrary notwithstanding, all payments required to be made by the Company hereunder to the Executive or the Executive’s estate or beneficiaries shall be subject to the withholding of such amounts relating to taxes as the Company may reasonably determine it should withhold pursuant to any applicable law or regulation. In lieu of withholding such amounts, in whole or in part, the Company may, in its sole discretion, accept other provisions for payment of taxes and withholdings as required by law, provided it is satisfied that all requirements of law affecting its responsibilities to withhold have been satisfied.

13.Severability. In the event that any provision or portion of this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions or portions of this Agreement shall be unaffected thereby and shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law.

14.Titles. Titles to the paragraphs and subsections in this Agreement are intended solely for convenience and no provision of this Agreement is to be construed by reference to the title of any paragraph or subsection.

15.Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

16.Amendment. Except as provided in Paragraph 13 above, this Agreement may not be modified or amended except by written instrument signed by all parties hereto.

17.Independent Counsel. The Executive acknowledges that Executive has been represented (or has had the opportunity to be represented) in the signing of this Agreement and in the making of its terms by independent legal counsel, selected of the Executive’s own free will, and that the Executive has had the opportunity to discuss this Agreement with counsel. Executive further acknowledges that Executive has read and understands the meaning and ramifications of this Agreement and as evidence of this fact signs this Agreement below. The Executive further acknowledges that the Company has not made any representations or given any advice with respect to the tax or other consequences of this Agreement, or any transactions contemplated by this Agreement to Executive and that the Executive has been advised of the importance of seeking independent counsel with respect to such consequences. By executing this Agreement, the Executive represents that the Executive has, after being advised of the potential conflicts between Executive and the Company with respect to the future consequences of this Agreement, either consulted independent legal counsel or elected, notwithstanding the advisability of seeking such independent legal counsel, not to consult with such independent legal counsel.

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18.Loyalty Obligations. The Executive agrees that, immediately upon execution of this Agreement, the following obligations (“Loyalty Obligations”) shall apply in consideration of the Executive’s employment by or continued employment with the Company:

(a)Confidential Information.

(i)Company Information. Except as otherwise provided in Subsection 18(a)(iii) of this Agreement, the Executive agrees at all times during the term of the Executive’s employment and thereafter, to hold any Confidential Information of the Company or its Related Entities in strictest confidence, and not to use (except for the benefit of the Company to fulfill the Executive’s employment obligations) or to disclose to any person, firm or corporation other than the Company or those designated by it said Confidential Information without the prior authorization of the Company, except as may otherwise be required by law or legal process. The Executive agrees that “Confidential Information” means any proprietary information prepared or maintained in any format, including technical data, trade secrets or know-how in which the Company or Related Entities have an interest, including, but not limited to, business records, contracts, research, product or service plans, products, services, customer lists and customers (including, but not limited to, vendors to the Company or Related Entities on whom the Executive called, with whom the Executive dealt or with whom the Executive became acquainted during the term of the Executive’s employment), pricing data, costs, markets, expansion plans, summaries, marketing and other business strategies, software, developments, inventions, processes, formulas, technology, designs, drawings, engineering, hardware configuration or marketing, financial or other business information obtained by the Executive or disclosed to the Executive by the Company or Related Entities or any other person or entity during the term of the Executive’s employment with the Company either directly or indirectly electronically, in writing, orally, by drawings, by observation of services, systems or other aspects of the business of the Company or Related Entities or otherwise. Confidential Information does not include information that: (A) was available to the public prior to the time of disclosure, whether through press releases, SEC filings or otherwise; or (B) otherwise becomes available to the public through no act or omission of the Executive or through the wrongful act of a third party.

(ii)Third Party Information. The Executive recognizes that the Company and Related Entities have received and in the future will receive from third parties their confidential or proprietary information subject to a duty on the part of the Company or Related Entities to maintain the confidentiality of such information and to use it only for certain limited purposes. Except as otherwise provided in Subsection 18(a)(iii) of this Agreement, the Executive agrees at all times during the Executive’s employment and thereafter to hold all such confidential or proprietary information in the strictest confidence and not to disclose it to any person, firm or corporation or to use it except as necessary in carrying out the Executive’s work for the Company consistent with the obligations of the Company or Related Entities with such third party.

(iii)Permitted Disclosure. Nothing in this Agreement shall prohibit or restrict the Executive from lawfully (A) initiating communications directly with, cooperating with, providing information to, causing information to be provided to, or
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otherwise assisting in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the Congress, or any other governmental or regulatory agency, entity, or official(s) or self-regulatory organization (collectively, “Governmental Authorities”) regarding a possible violation of any law, rule, or regulation; (B) responding to any inquiry or legal process directed to you individually (and not directed to the Company and/or its subsidiaries) from any such Governmental Authorities, including an inquiry about the existence of this Agreement or its underlying facts or circumstances; (C) testifying, participating or otherwise assisting in an action or proceeding by any such Governmental Authorities relating to a possible violation of law; or (D) making any other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of any applicable law, rule, or regulation. Additionally, pursuant to the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Executive shall not be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that: (A) is made (i) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney; and (ii) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (B) is made to Executive’s attorney in relation to a lawsuit for retaliation against Executive for reporting a suspected violation of law; or (C) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal. Nor does this Agreement require Executive to obtain prior authorization from the Company before engaging in any conduct described in this paragraph, or to notify the Company that Executive has engaged in any such conduct.

(b)Conflicting Employment. The Executive agrees that, during the term of the Executive’s employment with the Company, the Executive will not engage in any other employment, occupation, consulting or other business activity directly related to the business in which the Company or Related Entities are now involved or become involved during the term of the Executive’s employment. Nor will the Executive engage in any other activities that conflict with the business of the Company or Related Entities. Furthermore the Executive agrees to devote such time as may be necessary to fulfill the Executive’s obligations to the Company and during the term of the Executive’s employment with the Company to refrain from any other occupation, consulting or other business activity without the prior approval or consent of the Company.

(c)Returning Company Property. The Executive agrees that any and all devices, records, data, notes, reports, proposals, lists, correspondence, specifications, drawings, blueprints, sketches, materials, equipment, other documents or property, or reproductions of any aforementioned items developed by the Executive or others pursuant to or during the Executive’s employment with the Company or otherwise shall be the property of the Company or its Related Entities and their respective successors or assigns. Upon separation of employment for any reason, or at any time during employment at the request of the Company, the Executive will deliver all material Company property to the Company or to the Company’s designee and will not keep in the Executive’s possession, recreate or deliver said property to anyone else. Upon separation of employment for any reason and upon request by the Company, the Executive agrees to sign and deliver the “Termination Certification” attached hereto as Exhibit A. Executive further agrees that at any time during employment or upon separation of employment for any reason, at the request of the Company, to reasonably cooperate with the Company to
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ensure that Executive does not possess any Company property or information within any mobile device, tablet, PDA, personal laptop, hard drive or thumb drive, personal cloud or email account, or any other personal electronic or data storage device, including providing access to any such devices to a third party forensic vendor for purposes of removing any such property and information, at the cost of the Company and through measures designed to protect Executive’s personal information.
(d)Notification of New Employer. In the event that the Executive leaves the employ of the Company, the Executive agrees to notify the Executive’s new employer and hereby grants consent to notification by the Company to the Executive’s new employer (whether the Executive is employed as an employee, consultant, independent contractor, director, partner, officer, advisor, Executive, volunteer or manager) about the Executive’s Loyalty Obligations specified under this Agreement.
(e)Non-Interference. The Executive covenants and agrees that while the Executive is employed by the Company and for a period of one (1) year immediately following the termination of the Executive’s employment with the Company for any reason, the Executive shall not, without the prior written approval of the Company, directly or indirectly, either on behalf of the Executive or any other person or entity, Interfere with the Company or any of its Related Entities.
(i)For purposes of this Agreement, “Interfere” shall mean, except in the performance of the Executive’s duties and responsibilities on behalf of and for the benefit of the Company, (A) to solicit, entice, persuade, induce, influence or attempt to influence, directly or indirectly, Customers, suppliers, Employees or Independent Contractors of the Company or any of its Related Entities to restrict, reduce, sever or otherwise alter their relationship with the Company or any of its Related Entities; or (B) to hire or recruit on the Executive’s own behalf or on behalf of any other person or entity, directly or indirectly, any Employee or Independent Contractor of the Company who at any time was supervised (1) directly by the Executive, (2) directly by the supervisor of the Executive or (3) by another person who was supervised directly by the Executive; or (C) whether as a direct solicitor or provider of such services, or in a direct management or direct supervisory capacity over others who solicit or provide such services, to solicit or provide services that fall within the definition of Restricted Activities as defined in Subsection 18(f)(ii) below to any Customer of the Company or its Related Entities. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Executive from engaging in non-targeted solicitation of Employees and Independent Contractors of the Company such as advertisements to the general public.
(ii)For purposes of this Agreement, a “Customer” shall mean any person or entity: (a) with which the Executive has engaged in material discussions regarding Restricted Activities at any time within 12 months prior to the end of the Executive’s employment; (b) whose business dealings with the Company are or were managed or supervised by the Executive as part of Executive’s duties for the Company; or (c) about which the Executive obtained Confidential Information solely as a result of the Executive’s employment with the Company. “Customer” also includes a prospective customer with which the Executive has engaged in material discussions regarding Restricted Activities at any time within 12 months prior to the end of the Executive’s employment or about which Executive obtained Confidential Information solely as a
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result of the Executive’s employment with the Company. “Employee or Independent Contractor” shall mean any employee or independent contractor who, at the time of the recruitment or hire by the Executive or by anyone the Executive is overseeing, is currently employed or engaged with the Company or who was employed or engaged with the Company at any time during the twelve (12) month period preceding the date of the recruitment or hire by the Executive or by anyone the Executive is overseeing.
(f)Covenants Not to Compete
(i)Non-Competition. The Executive understands that the Company operates across the United States and Canada. The Executive acknowledges that the Executive’s duties as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will entail involvement with the entire range of the Company’s operations across the United States and Canada, and that the Executive’s extensive familiarity with the Company’s business and Confidential Information justifies a restriction applicable across the entire geographic footprint in which the Company provides services and does business. To the fullest extent permitted by any applicable law, the Executive covenants and agrees that during employment, and for the period of one (1) year immediately following the termination, for any reason, of the Executive’s employment with the Company (the “Non-Compete Period”), the Executive will not:
(A)own or hold, directly or beneficially, as a shareholder, option holder, warrant holder, partner, member or other equity or security owner or holder of any company or business that derives more than 15% of its revenue from the Restricted Activities (as defined below) within the Restricted Area (as defined below), or any company or business controlling, controlled by or under common control with any company, business or division directly engaged in such Restricted Activities within the Restricted Area (any of the foregoing, a “Restricted Company”); or
(B)engage or participate with any Restricted Company in the Restricted Activities within the Restricted Area in any capacity in which the Executive will use or disclose or could reasonably be expected to use or disclose any Confidential Information for the purpose of providing, or attempting to provide, such Restricted Company with a competitive advantage in the industry; or
(C)engage or participate in the same or similar capacity that the Executive worked for with the Company during the last twelve (12) months of Executive’s employment with any Restricted Company in the Restricted Activities within the Restricted Area.
(ii)Restricted Activities/Restricted Area. For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Restricted Activities” means (1) the retail, commercial and/or wholesale sale, rental, and/or distribution of parts, accessories, supplies (including, but not limited to, paint), equipment and/or maintenance items for automobiles, light and heavy duty trucks (both commercial and non-commercial), off-road equipment, buses, recreational vehicles, and/or agricultural equipment, and/or (2) the provision of any automotive-related service
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(including, but not limited to, shop management, inventory control, and/or vehicle repair software or marketing) to auto repair shops, garages, specialty-service providers (e.g. any business that specializes in automotive oil changes, painting, tires, mufflers, brakes, transmission, and/or body work) and/or service centers, including, but not limited to painting, collision or body service centers. The term “Restricted Area” means: (1) the United States of America and Canada, including their territories and possessions; (2) the United States of America; (3) in any location where a Customer is located if that Customer is purchasing products or services from the Company from that location as of the end of the Executive’s employment; (4) the area within which Executive was assigned during the last 6 months of Executive’s employment with the Company. In the event it is determined by judicial action that any portion of the Restricted Area is unenforceable, the geographic scope of the restriction shall be limited to any/all of the preceding as a court of competent jurisdiction shall deem reasonable and enforceable.
(iii)Association with Restricted Company. In the event that the Executive intends to associate (whether as an employee, consultant, independent contractor, officer, manager, advisor, partner, Executive, volunteer or director) with any Restricted Company during the Non-Compete Period, the Executive must provide information in writing to the Company relating to the activities proposed to be engaged in by the Executive for such Restricted Company. All such current associations are set forth on Exhibit B to this Agreement. In the event that the Company consents in writing to the Executive’s engagement in such activity, the engaging in such activity by the Executive shall be conclusively deemed not to be a violation of this Subsection 18(f). Such consent is not intended and shall not be deemed to be a waiver or nullification of the covenant of non-competition of the Executive or other similarly bound Executives.
(iv)Limitations. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit Executive’s ability to own a de minimis share of stock (defined as less than 5% of the outstanding common stock) of a publicly traded corporation, regardless of whether such entity is competitive with the Company. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the Executive’s ability after separation to take a position with a company that competes with the Company which has multiple divisions or business units, so long as the Executive’s employment with the competitor is not within the division or business unit that engages in Restricted Activities, and so long as the confidentiality and other provisions of this Agreement are adhered to in all respects.
(g)Non-Disparagement. Except as otherwise provided in Subsection 18(a)(iii) of this Agreement, the Executive agrees that while the Executive is employed by the Company and at all times following the termination of the Executive’s employment with the Company for any reason, the Executive will not take any action or make any statement which disparages the Company or its practices or which disrupts or impairs its normal operations, such that it causes a material adverse impact to the Company.
(h)Effect of Non-Payment of Benefits; Clawback. The Executive’s post-termination of employment obligations under this Paragraph 18 shall cease upon the Company’s failure to make any payments or benefits hereunder as a result of the termination of the Executive’s employment when due if within 15 days after written notice from the Executive to the Company of such failure, the Company does not make the required payment. In the event
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that the Executive materially violates Subsection 18(e) or 18(f), and does not cure such violation (if it can be cured) within five (5) days after written notice of such failure, the Executive agrees that calculation of the harm to the Company from such violation would be uncertain and not capable of being readily ascertained, and that as a reasonable estimation of the harm to the Company from such violation the Executive shall repay to the Company a portion of the Termination Payment paid to the Executive pursuant to Subsection 4(d)(i) equal to a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days left in the applicable period under Subsection 18(e) or 18(f), and the denominator of which is the total number of days in the applicable period under such Subsection. In the event that the Executive materially violates Subsection 18(a), 18(c) or 18(g), and does not cure such violation (if it can be cured) within five days after written notice of such failure, the Executive agrees that calculation of the harm to the Company from such violation would be uncertain and not capable of being readily ascertained, and that as a reasonable estimation of the harm to the Company from such violation the Executive shall repay to the Company a portion of the Termination Payment paid to the Executive pursuant to Subsection 4(d)(i) equal to a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days left in the one (1) year period immediately following the termination and the denominator of which is 365. The Executive further agrees that in addition to Executive’s repayment obligations with respect to breaches of Subsection 18(a), 18(c), 18(e), 18(f), or 18(g), the Company shall have the right to seek equitable relief pursuant to Subsection 18(i) hereunder.
(i)Specific Enforcement; Remedies Cumulative. The Executive acknowledges that the Company and Related Entities, as the case may be, will be irreparably injured if the provisions of Subsections 18(a), 18(b), 18(c), 18(e), 18(f) and 18(g) hereof are not specifically enforced and the Executive agrees that the terms of such provisions (including without limitation the periods set forth in Subsections 18(e), 18(f) and 18(g)) are reasonable and appropriate. If the Executive commits, or the Company has evidence based on which it reasonably believes the Executive threatens to commit, a material breach of any of the provisions of Subsections 18(a), 18(b), 18(c), 18(e), 18(f) or 18(g) hereof, the Company and/or Related Entities, as the case may be, shall have the right and remedy, in addition to and not in limitation of any other remedy that may be available at law or in equity, to have the provisions of Subsections 18(a), 18(b), 18(c), 18(e), 18(f) or 18(g) hereof specifically enforced by any court having jurisdiction through immediate injunctive and other equitable relief, it being acknowledged and agreed that any such breach or threatened breach will cause irreparable injury to the Company and/or Related Entities and that money damages will not provide an adequate remedy therefore. Such injunction shall be available without the posting of any bond or other security, and the Executive hereby consents to the issuance of such injunction.
(j)Re-Set of Period for Non-Competition and Non-Interference. In the event that a legal or equitable action is commenced with respect to any of the provisions of Subsections 18(e) or 18(f) hereof and the Executive has not complied, in all material respects, with the provisions in such subsections with respect to which such action has been commenced, then the one-year period, as described in such subsections not so complied with by the Executive, shall be extended from its original expiration date, day-for-day, for each day that the Executive is found to have not complied, in all material respects, with such subsections.
(k)Jurisdiction and Venue. WITH RESPECT TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANY AND ALL LOYALTY OBLIGATIONS ARISING UNDER PARAGRAPH 18, THE SUBSECTIONS 18(k) AND 18(l) OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL APPLY. THE PARTIES
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HERETO IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY CONSENT TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF THE FOLLOWING COURTS IN MATTERS RELATED TO THIS PARAGRAPH 18 AND AGREE NOT TO COMMENCE ANY SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING RELATING THERETO EXCEPT IN ANY OF SUCH COURTS: THE STATE COURTS OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, THE COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LOCATED IN THE CITY OF RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA.
(l)Executive Acknowledgments. The Executive acknowledges and agrees that (i) any and all loyalty obligations arising under Paragraph 18 were discussed with, and accepted by, the Executive prior to the commencement of the Executive’s employment as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; (ii) the loyalty obligations arising under Paragraph 18 constitute a material inducement to the Company to enter into this Agreement and to agree to employ the Executive on the terms and conditions stated herein; (iii) the loyalty obligations arising under Paragraph 18 are reasonable in time, territory, and scope, and in all other respects; (iv) should any part or provision of any covenant be held invalid, void, or unenforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity, voidness, or unenforceability shall not render invalid, void, or unenforceable any other part or provision of this Agreement; and (v) if any portion of the foregoing provisions is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction because its duration, territory, definition of activities, or definition of information covered is considered to be invalid or unreasonable in scope, the invalid or unreasonable terms shall be redefined to carry out the Executive’s and the Company’s intent in agreeing to these restrictive covenants. These restrictive covenants shall be construed as agreements independent of any other provision in this Agreement and the existence of any claim or cause of action of the Executive against the Company, whether predicated on this Agreement or otherwise, shall not constitute a defense to the enforcement by the Company of the loyalty obligations arising under Paragraph 18.
19.Adherence to Company Policies. The Executive agrees to adhere diligently to all established Company policies and procedures, including but not limited to the Company’s Guidelines on Significant Governance Issues, Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and, if applicable, the Code of Ethics for Financial Professionals. The Executive agrees that if the Executive does not adhere to any of the provisions of such Guidelines and Codes, the Executive will be in breach of the provisions hereof.
20.Representations. The Executive agrees to execute any proper oath or verify any proper document required to carry out the terms of this Agreement. The Executive represents that Executive’s performance of all the terms of this Agreement will not breach any agreement to keep in confidence proprietary information acquired by the Executive in confidence or in trust prior to the Executive’s employment by the Company. The Executive has not entered into, and the Executive agrees the Executive will not enter into, any oral or written agreement in conflict herewith and the Executive’s employment by the Company and the Executive’s services to the Company will not violate the terms of any oral or written agreement to which the Executive is a party.
21.Binding Effect of Execution. The Company and the Executive agree that this Agreement shall not bind or be enforceable by or against either party until this Agreement has been duly executed by both the Executive and the Company.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company and the Executive have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

By:___________________________ (SEAL)
By : /s/ Shane O’Kelly (SEAL)
Print Name: Shane O’Kelly
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Address: 4200 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
Executive
Name: Ryan Grimsland
Signature: /s/ Ryan Grimsland
Address: Executive’s Address Currently on File in the Company’s Records


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EXHIBIT A

TERMINATION CERTIFICATION


This is to certify that I do not have in my possession, nor have I failed to return, any Confidential Information, including but not limited to, material devices, records, data, notes, reports, proposals, lists, correspondence, specifications, drawings, blueprints, sketches, materials, equipment, other documents or property, or reproductions of any aforementioned items belonging to the Company.

I further certify that I have, to the best of my knowledge, complied in all material respects with all the terms of my Employment Agreement with the Company.



Date:


____________________________________
Executive’s Signature
______________________________________
Executive’s Signature
______________________________________
Executive’s Name (Print)


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EXHIBIT B


LIST OF ASSOCIATIONS WITH RESTRICTED COMPANIES


















__X__ None
____ Additional Sheets Attached







Signature of the Executive: /s/ Ryan Grimsland
Print Name of the Executive: Ryan Grimsland
Date: November 13, 2023

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v3.23.3
Cover Page Document
Apr. 12, 2023
Cover Page [Abstract]  
Entity Central Index Key 0001158449
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, $0.0001 par value
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 27609
Entity Address, Address Line One 4200 Six Fork Road
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE
Document Type 8-K
Document Period End Date Nov. 13, 2023
Entity Registrant Name ADVANCE AUTO PARTS, INC.
Entity File Number 001-16797
Entity Tax Identification Number 54-2049910
Entity Address, City or Town Raleigh
Entity Address, State or Province NC
City Area Code 540
Local Phone Number 362-4911
Trading Symbol AAP
Security Exchange Name NYSE
Written Communications false
Soliciting Material false
Pre-commencement Tender Offer false
Pre-commencement Issuer Tender Offer false
Entity Emerging Growth Company false
Amendment Flag false

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