David C. Barbeau

Senior Global Executive in the Automotive Aftermarket


David C. Barbeau is the Chief Executive Officer of Barbeau Consulting LLC, a company formed in 2010. Barbeau has been providing business improvement advice to companies in the automotive aftermarket. With over forty years of experience in the automotive industry, Barbeau brings senior level experience with a global scope. Barbeau is an expert in the distribution business having been an owner of a recognized automotive distributor in the U.S. This distribution experience coupled with his senior aftermarket leadership position with two global Tier One manufacturers provides a deep and rich background that serves as a foundation for his advice to clients.


Barbeau began his automotive career in 1976 at Monroe Auto Equipment Company in Monroe, Michigan, achieving the position of chief financial officer where he oversaw accounting, treasury, information technology, and strategic planning functions for this global automotive ride control manufacturer.


In 1987, Barbeau became president of ARA Automotive Group in Grand Prairie, Texas, a privately held original equipment manufacturer of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and became senior vice president, operations, for APS, Inc. in 1990, a Houston based national distributor of automotive replacement parts.


Barbeau served as executive vice president of Auto Parts Express LLC, an automotive parts and equipment distribution company he co-founded in 1999. Auto Parts Express LLC was sold to a leading national automotive distributor in 2002.


Barbeau joined Delphi Corporation, a global Tier One manufacturer, in 2002 where he held the position of Vice President of the Global Independent Aftermarket business unit. As the senior executive in the independent aftermarket business unit, Barbeau lead Delphi’s growth in all regions of the world.


In 2014, Barbeau, after a consulting engagement with TI Automotive, became the Managing Director of its Global Aftermarket with responsibility for the growth and profitability of this business unit. Barbeau led the market entry of TI Automotive’s aftermarket business in China.

Barbeau has served on the boards of the Automotive Sales Council, the Automotive Care Association, formerly the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA); in 2016 Barbeau served as the Chairman of the Board of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). In 2012, Barbeau was selected to be a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. Barbeau also serves as an Executive Advisor to IGB Battery Limited China, an automotive parts distribution company with locations throughout China.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Barbeau earned a bachelor’s degree, and an MBA in finance from Saint Louis University. Barbeau is a veteran of the United States Army.




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