Darren R. Jackson, Bus Ad ’86, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2004, served as vice chair from 2006 to 2009, and served as chair of the board from 2009 to 2012.
In 2015, Darren retired as president and chief executive officer of Advance Auto Parts, a position he held since joining the company in 2008. He had been a member of the board of directors since 2004. Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States and serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. For 83 years, Advance Auto Parts has been a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry in parts availability, price, and customer service. But more than anything, the company values the hard work, dedication, and commitment of its team members. The company operates 5,235 Advance stores and 115 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 team members.
Darren was previously executive vice president for consumer operating groups, responsible for the entertainment, personal computer mobility and home solutions operating groups of Best Buy, a Fortune 100 company.
He joined Best Buy in 2000 and served as chief financial officer from 2001 to 2007. Prior to joining Best Buy, he began his retail career with Carson Pirie Scott in Milwaukee, holding various executive positions, including chief financial officer. He then spent three years with Seattle-based Nordstrom Stores as vice president and chief financial officer.
Jackson has been recognized as one of the “most admired CFOs
in America” by Institutional Investor Magazine, and CFO Magazine named him one of the top 20 young chief financial officers likely to
shape the profession. He is on the board of directors of the Advance Auto Parts Company and Fastenal Company.
In 2003 he received the Spirit of Marquette Award, which
the accomplishments of an alumnus under 40. He is a
member of the Marquette University Archbishop Henni Founders
Society and the Marquette University President’s Society.