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

March 1, 2021
Date of Report (date of earliest event reported)

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(678) 934-5000
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers

On March 1, 2021, Genuine Parts Company (the "Company") announced that its Board of Directors appointed Napoleon B. Rutledge, Jr., Senior Vice President of Finance, to the additional role of Chief Accounting Officer of the Company effective March 1, 2021. In his expanded role, Mr. Rutledge will be responsible for the Company’s corporate finance and accounting, including its regulatory accounting matters, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis and accounting policies.

Mr. Rutledge, 48, has worked in a variety of financial management roles at the Company and has extensive experience in corporate finance, treasury, risk management, audit and SEC reporting. Most recently, Mr. Rutledge has served as Senior Vice President of Finance since 2018, and previously was Vice President of Finance from 2016 to 2018 and Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer from 2012 to 2016. Prior to joining the Company in 1999, Mr. Rutledge spent four years in public accounting with Ernst & Young.

A copy of the press release is furnished with this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

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

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
  Genuine Parts Company
Date: March 1, 2021 By: /s/ Carol B. Yancey
    Name: Carol B. Yancey
    Title: Executive Vice President and CFO