The Wills Group has appointed Julian B. (Blackie) Wills III as president and COO, effective April 1. Lock Wills, who has served as president, CEO and chairman for the Wills Group, remains executive chairman.

The announcement comes as part of the company’s succession planning efforts, following its renewed focus over the last five years to expand its retail line of businesses, the company said, including Dash In convenience stores, Splash In ECO Car Wash and SMO Motor Fuels.

As president and COO, Blackie Wills will take the lead on all day-to-day operations of the Wills Group and its businesses, reporting to Lock Wills and the Wills Group board.

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