Joe Gibbs Racing announces changes today to its executive team.
J.D. Gibbs will join his father Joe Gibbs as Co-Chairman of JGR with Coy Gibbs officially joining the NASCAR operations as Vice-Chairman/Chief Operating Officer, and Dave Alpern, who has been with Joe Gibbs Racing since its beginning, has been named President of the organization.
In addition, JGR announces Tim Carmichael will assume expanded responsibilities in his role as Chief Financial Officer, while Wally Brown will serve as Competition Director and Todd Bowland has been named Technical Director.
Todd Meredith has resigned his position as Chief Operating Officer but will continue to consult for the organization over the next several months as he explores new opportunities.
“The Lord has blessed me and my family with something that is truly remarkable and as we celebrate our 25th anniversary at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, it is more apparent than ever that our people are responsible for the success we have experienced,” said Joe Gibbs.
“We feel the timing is right to bring Coy into the NASCAR operations in a more official capacity. He has done an outstanding job with our motocross operations and will continue to provide his leadership there as well.
“J.D. has always had tremendous insight and perhaps his greatest display of that is when he brought Dave Alpern and Todd Meredith on board to help us launch our race team. It is amazing to think what they have accomplished. I have tremendous respect for Todd (Meredith) and we are all excited for him as he starts a new chapter in his life with his family.
“I also have great confidence in Dave (Alpern). He is someone that J.D. and I have consulted with on every decision we have made and we have complete trust in his leadership. Elevating him to the position of President is something that was inevitable and the timing just seems appropriate right now. Tim (Carmichael), Wally (Brown) and Todd (Bowland) have been leading their respective departments for the last several years and today’s announcement will ensure we don’t miss a beat on the competition side.”
Coy Gibbs launched JGRMX in 2008 and has been at the center of every aspect of the operations from personnel decisions to sponsor acquisitions and competition direction. He will primarily be focused on the operations side for JGR’s NASCAR team while continuing his daily role with JGRMX.
“I’m excited to be more involved with our NASCAR operations,” said Coy Gibbs. “I take great pride in what we have accomplished with our motocross operations and I will continue to provide direction there, while working more closely with my father and brother on the NASCAR side of the business. I know we have a tremendous team in place already and I’m looking forward to being more involved now in this official capacity.”
Alpern joined JGR in 1992 and has worked in the organization’s marketing department since his arrival and most recently served in the capacity of Chief Marketing Officer the past two years. Alpern has been a key figure to JGR’s involvement in the RTA and is well respected by his peers within the industry.
“I’m humbled that Joe and J.D. have placed this trust in me,” said Alpern. “I’ve spent more than half my life with Joe Gibbs Racing and it has become an extension of my own family — it truly is a family business.
“I’ve witnessed our organization grow from roughly a dozen employees to more than 550 now. Every decision we make we try to make in the best interest of them and our partners. I plan to work closely with Joe, J.D., the rest of the Gibbs family, and our executive team, to ensure we deliver competitive race teams that honor our partners and our fans in the way they have become accustom over the last quarter of a century.”
Meredith joined JGR in 1992 and has spent the past 25 years working in the competition and operations departments of the organization. He was named Chief Operating Office in 2013.
“Over the past several years, I truly feel like the Lord has been calling on me to make a change and I’m excited to see what he has in store for me and my family,” said Meredith. “I take a tremendous amount of pride in having had the opportunity to play a role in the growth of JGR over the past 25 years and I’m confident that this is the perfect time to step away and allow others to show their leadership. I want to thank Joe and J.D. and the entire Gibbs family for the opportunity they gave me and the trust they showed in me. I can’t imagine a better place to work. I’m excited for the future of JGR and I’m excited for whatever lies ahead for me.”