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December 13, 2017


Justin Palmer.
MITSUBISHI FUSO NAMES PRESIDENT AND CEO

Justin Palmer has been named President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc., taking over for Jecka Glasman, who is leaving the company.

“We will miss Jecka. She did a fantastic job of managing FUSO through a transitionary period as we developed the new eCanter all-electric truck, as well as the coming gasoline-engine FE Series,” said Michael Kamper, Senior VP and Head of Sales and Marketing at Daimler Trucks Asia and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan. “But we’re also very fortunate to have Justin available to step into the role as president and CEO, to lead our North American operations going forward. He has already contributed greatly to our strategic planning and business operations improvement, and he has developed a thorough knowledge of where we need to be as a company. We look forward to a prosperous future for FUSO under his leadership.”

Palmer has been with Fuso since 2015, he arrived with experience in retail and distribution networks, and background in international operations and business development for multinational corporations. Most recently, he was Director, Business Operations, and was responsible for strategic business planning, and developing and managing organization improvement processes. He will be based at FUSO headquarters in Logan Township, NJ.



December 11, 2017


Steve Akazawa.
JIM PATTISON LEASING’S STEVE AKAZAWA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Steve Akazawa has announced he will retire after 32 years with Jim Pattison Lease at the end of 2017. Akazawa held several leadership roles win Jim Pattison Lease and was President for over 24 years. He turned over the role of President to Mike Rusch in 2016, to oversee expansion into Quebec and the company’s integration as President of Location Park Avenue-Jim Pattison Inc.

“I’m grateful for the business relationships with all of the employees, customers and suppliers who helped to make my journey so enjoyable and I wish them all continued success.” said Akazawa.

During Akazawa’s tenure, Jim Pattison Lease grew from a regional leasing company in Vancouver, British Columbia with under 4,000 vehicles to a national fleet management company with over 37,000 vehicles, serviced through fully staffed offices across the country.



December 7, 2017

FOSS NATIONAL LEASING NAMES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Ben Spackman has been named as Account Executive in Calgary, Alberta at Foss National Leasing. He has spent the last eight years helping companies utilize technology to be more successful. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge in business management.

“His experience and passion provides insight to Foss as we continue to evolve and innovate the way companies manage their fleets,” said Ken Payne, Vice-President of Client Services and Sales, Foss National Leasing. “Spackman has always been fascinated with business concepts, what drives markets, and how technology plays an important role.”



December 6, 2017


Giorgio Delucchi.
AUDI CANADA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

Giorgio Delucchi has been named as President at Audi Canada, succeeding Daniel Weissland, who became Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Canada, effective January 8.

Delucchi has worked for AUDI AG for a number of years, most recently as Sales Director for Latin America since 2014, based in Ingolstadt, Germany. In his current role he was responsible for overall performance of 30 markets in Central and South America, Caribbean and Mexico. He has held a number of roles in service, after sales and sales for AUDI AG.

Delucchi has a Engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen, Germany.



December 4, 2017


Philipp von Witzendorff.
MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA MAKES MANAGEMENT CHANGES

Mercedes-Benz Canada has named Philipp von Witzendorff as Vice President, National Sales taking over for Gavin Allen, who is returning to Mercedes-Benz Australia.

von Witzendorff has led the Toronto Retail Group (TRG) which consists of seven Mercedes-Benz-owned dealerships in the GTA, since 2014. Prior to this he held an after-sales management position in Germany. Allen has been working at MB Canada since 2013, and held the VP National Sales position since 2016.


Gavin Allen.
“At the end of his five-year journey here, Gavin leaves a tangible and enduring legacy at Mercedes-Benz Canada,” said Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada. “I am extremely grateful for his invaluable contribution during his tenure in Canada in two of the most critical roles in our organization. We wish him all the best upon his return to Australia and will now – more than ever – monitor our two very similar markets’ performances every month!”

Robert Müller will take over as Vice President, TRG. He joined MB Canada in 2006 as Service manager at Maple dealership. He was most recently working at MBUK, as well as in Germany.

Robert Müller.


“As we say a fond farewell to Gavin, we are happy to welcome Robert back home after a five-year absence,” said Fulton. “I am personally looking forward to working with Philipp and Robert in their respective new roles. Both have a great deal of experience and inherently understand the Canadian sales landscape. Driven by our proven success in the market, both gentlemen will ensure that we continue to maintain, for the upcoming year, the strong momentum we generated throughout the course of 2017.”

All new positions will be effective January 1, 2018.



December 4, 2017

GM MAKES FLEET DEPARTMENT CHANGES


Akhtar Islam.

Andrew Gibson.
General Motors Canada has made changes to its fleet department.

Andrew Gibson has been named as Fleet Forecasting and Communication Manager, reporting to Peter Bagnall. He was most recently Fleet and Commercial Sales Analyst. Gibson has also held the role of Buyer and Business Manager, Purchasing, with Comtech Group Inc. He has a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies from the University of Western Ontario.

Akhtar Islam takes over the Fleet and Commercial Sales Analyst role, he was most recently Fleet Analyst, Field Operations. He has been with GM since 2003 as an Engineer, he has held a variety of roles within the Engineering organization and has also served as Commercial Dealer Operations Manager – Western Region. He will also be reporting to Bagnall. Islam has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Ryerson University.


Marco De Santis.

Gilles Massia.
Gilles Massia has been named as Fleet Account Manager, reporting to Roberto Carvalho. He was most recently Commercial Dealer Operations Manager, Eastern Region. Massia has been with GM since 1994, he has held a number of roles, including Team Leader and Assistant Manager, Technical Assistance Center; National Service Manager, Saturn; and Fleet Service Manager, Eastern Region.

Marco De Santis is named as Commercial Dealer Operations Manager, reporting to Carvalho. He has been in the automotive industry since 2000, holding positions such as Finance and Insurance Manager, Service Manager and Fleet Manager. He was most recently a District Manager for another OEM. He has a Diploma in Commerce from Champlain Regional College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Concordia University.




December 4, 2017


Matthew Pawluk.
BMW GROUP MAKES CORPORATE SALES APPOINTMENTS

Matthew Pawluk has been named as Manager, Corporate, Direct and Special Sales at BMW Group Canada, he will report to Robert Staffieri, National Manager, Pre-Owned & Corporate Sales. He will be responsible for business strategy implementation and the future development of corporate, direct and special sales.

Pawluk will also become the advocate and promoter of corporate sales initiatives working with other departments, regions, and retailers. He has been with BMW corporate ad retail for eight years, and was most recently Corporate,

Bart Drozdziewicz.
Direct and Special Sales Specialist.

That role will now be taken over by Bart Drozdziewicz, who becomes Corporate, Direct and Special Sales Specialist, reporting to Pawluk. Drozdziewicz will be responsible for supporting the manager and retailers to improve the operational effectiveness of BMW Group’s Corporate, Direct and Special Sales.

He has been with BMW since 2007 in various roles, including logistics, volume planning, and most recently as Pre-Owned Specialist.





December 4, 2017


Marc Ouayoun.
PORSCHE CARS CANADA NAMES PRESIDENT AND CEO

Marc Ouayoun has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer at Porsche Cars Canada, taking over for Alexander Pollich who becomes Managing Director of Porsche Cars Great Britain, effective January 1, 2018.

Ouayoun has been the Managing Director at Porsche France for the last six years. He has been with Porsche since 2006, in that time he oversaw the sales and network development in France. He has also worked for another OEM in various roles in Europe.

Pollich leaves after holding the role since September 2013, during his leadership Porsche Canada has had 70 consecutive months of sales growth, an increase in its dealer network, and new corporate headquarters with training facility.



November 23, 2017


Ian Crapper.
DONLEN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT

Donlen, a provider of financing and fleet management solutions, has appointed Ian Crapper to the the role of managing Director, Global Business Development. Crapper will be responsible for Donlen’s global fleet program and will manage the global product to enhance services for existing global customers. Crapper is a proven sales executive with more than 20 years of business experience with Fortune 500, Fleet Management and other large global/international companies.

“As Donlen advances our offerings for large, global fleets, we are committed to investing in and retaining successful, results-oriented fleet professionals. Ian’s expertise and leadership will ensure that our growing customer base continues to be served at the highest level,” said Tom Callahan, President, Donlen.

“Working with Donlen’s far-reaching global partners is a tremendous opportunity for me and our customers. I feel the team and our approach will bring tremendous success to Donlen’s worldwide customers,” said Crapper.



November 14, 2017


Daniel Weissland.
VW CANADA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

Daniel Weissland has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer at Volkswagen Group Canada, effective December 1. He takes over for Maria Stenstroem, who was with VW Canada since 2011, and is returning to Germany.

Weissland is currently the President of Audi Canada Inc., a role he has held since August 2015. Currently, Audi has had 22 consecutive months of growth, which were overseen by Weissland.

He has extensive automotive industry experience and has held a variety of roles with Audi AG, in Ingolstadt, Germany where he held roles in sales, marketing, network development and product management, as well as being Director Sales – Southern Europe (including Spain and Greece). He was also part of a team that founded National Sales Company in Dubai.



November 6, 2017


Sujata Yerrow.
FCA CANADA MAKES CHANGES TO NATIONAL FLEET DEPARTMENT

FCA Canada Inc., has made personnel changes to its National Fleet Department at its head office in Ontario and its western Canada office.

“In support of our loyal and growing client base, FCA Canada is pleased to announce the following appointments to our National Fleet Team”, said Ken Tuckey, Head of National Fleet – FCA Canada,

“We’ve made these changes to provide the best in customer service

Inder Gill.
as our segment-leading product portfolio continues to expand across our marquee brands that include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, Fiat and the all-new lineup from Alfa Romeo.“

Sujata Yerrow has been named National Daily Rental Sales Manager, she was most recently National Government Sales Manager. That role is being taken over by Inder Gill, who was most recently the National Ram Commercial Manager.

Dan Dominato has been named Fleet

Dan Dominato.
Account Manager, Alberta and Territories.

He was most recently District Parts Sales and Service Manager in Calgary’s Western Business Centre.











November 3, 2017

PMTC NAMES YOUNG LEADERS GROUP CHAIRMAN

Matt Richardson, Sales and Operations Manager of KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc., has been named Chairman of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada Young Leaders Group. Richardson takes over for Michael Colwell, Transportation Superintendent at Praxair, who becomes Past Chairman.

“On behalf of the PMTC Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Matt on his new role,” said Mike Millian, President, PMTC. “I am very confident in the leadership team the YLG has put in place and in Matt’s ability to collaborate with his team and continue to build on the momentum of the PMTC Young Leaders Group. I look forward to working with Matt and his team to ensure the goals and needs of the YLG are met. I would also like to thank Mike Colwell for his effort since our relaunch in 2015. Mike was instrumental in getting us to this point. Mike will move to the Past Chairman’s role, so his advice and insight will not be lost. “

Richardson, has been a director with the YLG since its re-launch in 2015.

“I am very excited at the opportunity to help continue the growth that the PMTC YLG experienced over the past couple of years with Mike Colwell in the chairman’s position,” said Richardson. “Along with Mike and myself, we have Marcus Mares of PeopleNet and Joanna Mendonca of Staebler on our executive who have been heavily involved with the success of the group since the re-launch in 2015. In addition to our current executive team, we look forward to adding 1 or 2 individuals from the general YLG membership as directors in the near future to help with the continued growth and success of the organization.”



November 3, 2017


Scott Adelsky.
LEASEPLAN USA NAMES CFO AND REGIONAL VP

Scott Adelsky has been named Chief Financial Officer at LeasePlan USA, and will be responsible for overseeing planning, implementation, management and controlling of all financial activities for LeasePlan in the US.

“We recently announced the launch of our new global What’s next campaign and ambition to offer Any car, Anytime, Anywhere. With something this significant, it’s critical we practice the financial discipline necessary to focus on smart growth, compliance and always keep the customers first,” said Jeff Schlesinger, President and CEO, LeasePlan USA.

Adelsky has over 20 years of finance, tax, treasury and accounting experience, including in auto finance and logistics. He takes over for David Dahm, who recently stepped down as CFO.


Jon Stafford.
Also at LeasePlan USA, Jon Stafford has been named as Regional Vice-President of Business Development, and will oversee clients in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

“LeasePlan continues to demonstrate forward-thinking in everything we do, and the addition of Jon is another example of that,” said Gerry Tellier, Senior Vice-President of Business Development. “Jon’s ability to identify and implement cost-effective solutions for clients makes us all excited to have him on board.”

Stafford has 11 years of fleet industry experience and has been active in industry organizations. He is also a certified management accountant.



October 27, 2017


Chris Gittens.
ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT NAMES NEW CANADIAN PRESIDENT

Chris Gittens has been named President of Canadian Operations at Element Fleet Management, replacing Sebastien Blondin who takes on a strategic business development role with the Element Fleet Management’s corporate team.

“Element has a strong history and bright future in Canada,” said Gittens. “My focus will be on ensuring operational excellence in everything we do, so that our customers in Canada can take advantage of new services and data-driven insights to improve their fleets.”


Sebastien Blondin.
Gittens has been with Element Fleet Management since 2013 as Chief Commercial Officer for Canada. He will report to Kristi Webb, President and CEO, Element Fleet Management North America.

“Since 2012, the Canadian leadership team has built a strong foundation and driven a singular customer experience that has made customers’ fleets safer, smarter and more productive,” said Webb. “We’re excited for Chris to use his industry expertise to continue to grow our Canadian operations.”

Blondin will focus on exploring new growth opportunities in adjacent markets in his new role, and will report to Bradley Nullmeyer, CEO, Element Fleet Management.




October 23, 2017


Tim Braley.
J.D. POWER EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

Tim Braley has been named Senior Director, Canada and Latin America, at J.D Power taking over for Darren Slind, who has been appointed Vice President, Singapore Operations.

Braley was most recently Senior Director of Strategy within the Global Automotive Division and has served as Director of Finance. He will be based in Troy, Michigan.


Darren Slind.
J.D. Ney has been named Country Manager, Canada. He has been with J.D. Power since 2011, most recently as Senior Manager, Canadian Automotive Practice. He will be responsible for the design and delivery of innovative solutions for Canadian automotive clients including syndicated, proprietary and consulting solutions.

“We are putting the right people in the right places in order to better serve our clients and grow our business,” said Doug Betts, Senior Vice-President of the Global

J.D. Ney.
Automotive Division, J.D. Power.

“These leadership changes will undoubtedly be effective, and I have great confidence that Darren, Tim and J.D. will quickly have a positive effect on the clients and companies they serve.”










October 23, 2017

LEASEPLAN MAKES APPOINTMENT

Alex Meierdiercks.
Alex Meierdiercks has been named Regional Vice-President of Business Development at LeasePlan USA, responsible for Ohio and Michigan region.

“It is a transformational era here at LeasePlan,” said Gerry Tellier, senior vice president of business development in the east region. “We continue to execute smart growth. And Alex is another outstanding addition to support in LeasePlan’s strategy. With unparalleled professionalism and fleet expertise, he will no doubt be an asset to his future and prospective clients.”



October 18, 2017

INFINITI MOTOR COMPANY NAMES NEW GLOBAL VP

Christian Meunier.
Christian Meunier has been named Global Division Vice-President, Global Marketing and Sales Operations at INFINITI Motor Company.

Meunier will be responsible for all INFINITI marketing and sales operations globally. He will be based in Franklin, Tennessee and spend time in Hong Kong, Infiniti’s global headquarters. He will report to Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President, INFINITI, and Senior Vice-President, Nissan Motor Corporation.

"Christian brings a wealth of global experience and knows the premium automotive sector very well," said Krueger. "In this newly created role and with his leadership, we are setting INFINITI up for future continued success. All INFINITI sales regions will report to Christian and I am looking forward to continued growth of our brand."

Meunier has been with Nissan Group since 2002, holding a variety of roles in Europe, North America (including Canada), Brazil, and others. He is currently Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America, and Chairman, Nissan Canada, Inc.



October 16, 2017

FORD OF CANADA FLEET DEPARTMENT CHANGES

Mark Richardson.
Ford of Canada has announced a number of changes to its fleet department.

Mark Richardson has been appointed Director, Fleet Sales and Remarketing replacing Mike Traub, who is retiring. Richardson has 27 years experience in multiple areas of the business including Ford Credit, parts and service, and sales and marketing. He was most recently Marketing Plans Group Manager.



Barb Tilly.
“Fleet sales are an integral part of Ford of Canada’s business and I am looking forward to building on the expertise of our team” said Richardson. “Relationships, trust and the ease to do business with Ford remain the cornerstone of our success and will remain our #1 priority.“

Barb Tilly has been named Fleet and Lease Marketing Manager replacing Jeff Morton, who is retiring. Tilly has been with Ford for 27 years, holding roles in parts and service, Ford Credit, customer service, sales, marketing, and most recently remarketing.

Kevin Jeffers.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Ford Fleet team and look forward to providing industry leading customer service and expertise that our fleet customers can count on,” said Tilly.

Kevin Jeffers is named National Account Manager. Jeffers has been with Ford for 20 years in sales and remarketing. He most recently held the position of Regional Operations Manager in the Eastern Market Area.

“I am excited to join the Fleet Team again and looking forward to working with all customers for our mutual success,” said Jeffers.

Peter Stoddart.
Peter Stoddart has been appointed National Fleet Operations Manager replacing Cal Turgeon. Stoddart has 33 years experience in multiple areas of the business including many positions in vehicle sales and marketing, and parts and service marketing. He was most recently Parts and Service Marketing Manager.

“I am looking forward to my new position and working with the Ford of Canada Fleet team to build on existing relationships and service our great customers across Canada,” said Stoddart.


Mike Fisher.

Neil Drapeau.
Neil Drapeau is now Fleet Service Manager for Eastern Region replacing Michel Maisonneuve. Drapeau has over 10 years of automotive industry experience, and has serving most of it as a licensed technician.

Mike Fisher joins the Ford of Canada Fleet team as a National Account Manager responsible for Southern Alberta, and Manitoba, replacing Ed Barker. Fisher has been with Ford for 26 years in a variety of functions, most recently as Regional Marketing Manager for Western Canada.

“I'm excited to be joining the Fleet team and playing a role in such a key part of our business,” said Fisher.

Joseph Comacchio.
Joseph Comacchio has been appointed as head of Ford’s Remarketing Operations and continue to lead its National Certified Pre Owned Program. Comacchio brings 26 years of industry experience and helped to develop and launch Ford’s Certified Pre Owned Program.

“I am very excited to be part of such an integral part of our business. With years of record new vehicle sales and market leadership, channel efficiency and protecting retention values is paramount to Ford’s brand health” said Comacchio. “This is a complex business and Ford has industry leading practices in Remarketing – I look forward to working with a great team and strong industry partners.”




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