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November 14, 2017

Daniel Weissland.

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 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


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.

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.

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.

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


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


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


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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