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April 24, 2017


Element Fleet Management Corp., has announced changes to its Senior Leadership team in North America.

Tom Keilty has retired after 20 years with the company.

“These are skilled leaders who are focused on our customers and advancing the customer experience. This is an important time in Element’s journey and I am extremely pleased with each of these appointments,” said Kristi Webb, President and CEO, Element Fleet Management, North America. “First, I want to thank Tom Keilty for his many contributions to our business. Tom has played an invaluable role in bringing together our Operations teams, and providing his expertise, guidance and customer focus to the Element leadership team.”

Ken Johnson is now Senior Vice President, Operations. Johnson brings knowledge and understanding in the areas of Six Sigma, sales and the customer experience to the operations team.

Mary Sticha has been named Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence. She has knowledge of every aspect of fleet management for the Element team and customers.

Joe Cuccia has been named to Fleet Partnership Solutions. He brings operations knowledge and finance experience to Element’s fleet management team.

Tom Peterson, Managing Director, Midwest Region, will now also lead Element’s Strategic Consulting team. Peterson’s sales and account leadership and finance experience will help strengthen Element’s Strategic Consulting team.

April 18, 2017

Greg Beckman.

Greg Beckman has been named Vice-President, Product at CARPROOF Corporation, based at the London, Ontario head office.

"This is an exciting time for CARPROOF," said Mark Rousseau, President, CARPROOF. "Our current product line has made us Canada's trusted source for vehicle history, and we are quickly becoming an industry standard in valuation. With Greg at the helm of our product development team, we will build on these accomplishments by enhancing our current offerings, and creating new products that allow our customers to increase profits."

Beckman has eight years experience in strategic senior positions at OpenText Corporation, he was most recently senior director, product management and strategy.

"CARPROOF has a proven history of harnessing data to fuel informed decisions," said Beckman. "I look forward to guiding its product development in ways that will innovate and enhance the future of the Canadian used car industry."

April 10, 2017

John Blakely.

Element Fleet Management has named two new Vice-Presidents and a new Director to its team.

John Blakely appointed Vice-President of Corporate Accounts, Canada. Blakely has over 29 years of fleet management experience, including over 10 years of National Account Manager experience. Blakely has led many teams including strategic consulting, and the customer services and operations teams.

Nancy Ingram has been named Vice-President, Management Services.

Nancy Ingram.
She has been with Element since 2002 and has worked in remarketing, fuel, payments, licensing, tolls, customer setup and other areas of the business.

“With her extensive experience, in combination with a track record of success, Nancy’s appointment is a foundational step towards a continued evolution of perpetual Operational Excellence” said Mike Herenberg, Chief Operations Officer, Element Fleet Management.

Matthew Critchell has been appointed to the role of Director of Sales.

Matthew Critchell.
Critchell has eight years in various sales and sales management positions, and has been with Element Fleet Management for three years, most recently as Sales Manager, Western Canada, where he built a new business team. He has worked in different levels of sales such as commercial, corporate and national arenas.

The Central Region New Business Development team and the Inside Account Managers will report to Critchell, and he will also maintain responsibility for the New Business Development team in the Western Region.

April 3, 2017


Rahual Nanda.
Rahual Nanda has been named Account Executive, Eastern Region at Foss National Leasing.

Nanda has experience working at other FMCs, spending time in the roles of Strategic Account Consultant and Financial Analyst. He brings a fresh and strategic perspective for targeting new business to Foss National Leasing.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Foss team," said Nanda. "I look forward to helping clients find a solution for their fleet needs.”

His financial background and strategic consulting experience are an asset for Foss, which continues to grow in the Eastern Canada market

March 30, 2017


Shelley Millar has been named Vice President, Vehicle Services at Element Fleet Management.

Millar began working at Element in 2015 and has held numerous management roles before coming to the company. Currently she is responsible for Payment, Quality and Truck/Upfit teams, under Vehicle Services.

Millar brings a wealth of operations knowledge and leadership experience that is sure to be a valuable asset to Element.

March 28, 2017


Shireene Assaad.
Shireene Assaad has been named Order Management and Fleet Distribution Specialist at Volkswagen Canada. She will be responsible for forecasting, allocating and order managing assigned car lines to align production capabilities to the demand of the market as well as supporting incoming fleet and fleet management orders.

“I am very excited to have Shireene join the fleet team here at Volkswagen Canada. Shireene’s experience along with her dedication to providing a great customer experience makes her a perfect fit and she will definitely work well with our valued fleet customers to meet and exceed their expectations,” said Thomas Roth, Manager, Fleet and Corporate Sales, VW Canada.

Assaad has worked at Volkswagen Canada since September 2014, she began as a Product Planning intern and moved on to become a Product Marketing Specialist in May 2015. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Global Management Studies from Ryerson University with honours.

March 17, 2017


Tony Laframboise.
Tony Laframboise has been named as President at Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada beginning April 1. He takes over from Kenny Yamamoto, who is returning to Mitsubishi Motors in Japan and becomes Division General Manager, America and Oceania Division.

“Our business has changed dramatically since our start in Canada some 15 years ago,” said Laframboise. “Mitsubishi Motors in Canada has transformed into a lean, focused organization that specializes in crossover/SUV vehicles and small cars with a particular emphasis on electric-powered vehicles.”

Laframboise is an original employee of Mitsubishi when it began operations in Canada in 2002. He has been in the automotive industry since 1975.

March 17, 2017


Steve Langdon.
Steve Langdon has been named Senior Director of Business Development at ADESA Canada.

“As our business has grown and evolved, we have developed a suite of innovative products and services that offer tangible benefits to our national client base,” said Trevor Henderson, Chief Operating Officer, ADESA Canada. “The used-vehicle industry—and the remarketing business specifically—has become increasingly sophisticated. There is a desire for better data, tools and integration across partners and platforms, which presents numerous opportunities for ADESA. Steve will lead a wide range of strategic initiatives aimed at deploying ADESA’s analytic and reporting capabilities throughout our online, public and mobile auction solutions.”

Langdon has help previous roles with ADESA and Onlane (predecessor of OPENLANE), and most recently was President of RSR Global.

“Steve’s experience and deep industry relationships are true assets to our customers and our company,” said Lisa Scott, Chief Client Officer, ADESA Canada. “We have a comprehensive product and service offering for commercial sellers, dealers and consumers. Steve will play a pivotal role in how ADESA Canada brings these to market, and we look forward to having Steve’s expertise and energy back on our team.”

March 13, 2017


NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) Board of Directors elected the first Officers under its new bylaws and election procedures. Four new Directors were chosen in January, bringing the total to 13 directors on the Board.

The 13 directors selected a President, Senior Vice-President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer from among themselves.

The selections for Officers for the 2017-2018 term are:
President - Bryan Flansburg, CAFM
Senior Vice-President - Patti Earley, CAFM
Vice-President - Jeff Jeter
Secretary/Treasurer - David Hayward

NAFA Board of Directors:
Ruth Alfson, CAFM (Immediate Past President)
Patrick Barrett, CAFM
Ray Brisby, CAFM
Michael Cole
Robert Martines
Deanne Radke
Steve Saltzgiver, CAFS
George Survant
Kathy Wellik, CAFM

March 13, 2017


LeasePlan Corporation N.V., has appointed two new Managing Board Members. Daniëlle Pos has been named Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, and Yolanda Paulissen is named Chief Strategic Finance and Investor Relations Officer.

Nick Salkeld has step down from his position as Chief Commercial Officer.

“Daniëlle and Yolanda are highly experienced experts in their fields and I’m delighted to welcome them to LeasePlan’s Managing Board,” said Tex Gunning, CEO, LeasePlan. “These new Managing Board members strengthen LeasePlan's diverse leadership team, which will shape the next stage of development for our company. With this team I am convinced we can step up and create innovative responses to our future challenges. We will remain focused on delivering more value for our customers and investors."

LeasePlan’s Managing Board is now as follows:
Tex Gunning – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Guus Stoelinga – Chief Financial and Risk Officer
Marco van Kalleveen – Chief Operating Officer
Daniëlle Pos – Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Yolanda Paulissen – Chief Strategic Finance and Investor Relations Officer.

March 6, 2017


Paul Andreana.
Paul Andreana has been named Director, Fleet Strategies for the Ontario area at EMKAY Canada. He will join Andrew Ogilvie in supporting the Ontario area, and partner with businesses in central Canada to optimize fleet performance by providing innovative services, technologies and flexible solutions.

“Paul’s approach to business development is simple, straight forward and aligns to what we do here at Emkay. Deepen the client relationship by providing the right solutions and deliver customer service excellence beyond their expectations,” said Norm Lyle, President, EMKAY Canada.

Andreana has over 10 years of commercial sales, financial planning, management and consulting experience within the financial services sector and retail arm of automotive.

March 6, 2017


Michelle Davis.
Michelle Davis has been named Regional Sales Vice-President for the Southeast at LeasePlan USA. Based in Louisiana, Davis will ensure that clients are using up to date strategies and help to present solutions to help them manage their fleets. She will also work with potential clients of up to 1,000 vehicles.

“Michelle brings to LeasePlan a winning combination of industry knowledge, a passion for all things fleet and an innovative, problem-solving mindset,” said Brian Barber, Senior Vice-President of Sales. “We welcome her to the family and look forward to her continued success.”

She has over 12 years of fleet industry experience, including 11 for another fleet management company as senior account manager. She was most recently a District Sales Manager at Supreme Corporation.

March 6, 2017


Dave Gardner will become President and CEO at Honda Canada effective April 1. He will be taking over for Jerry Chenkin, who is retiring.

"I've had the honour of working with Jerry my entire Honda career and I know I speak for all of us here when I say thank you and good luck with the next chapter in your life," said Gardner. "Jerry has expertly led this company and I look forward to continuing with the work he started. We have always held true to our core philosophy – to be a company that Canadians want to exist -- and my goal is to ensure we remain on that path."

Gardner has been with Honda since 1989, and has held various roles with the company, including most recently as Senior Vice President, Operations and Risk Management Officer.

Other changes at Honda Canada are: Barry Holt is EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Jean-Marc Leclerc is Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing, Sogo Nakata is Sr. Vice President, Tony Facciolo is VP Parts & Service, and Orlando Amiccuci is VP Shared Services & Chief Financial Officer.

February 28, 2017


Keith D’Sa has been named Client Service Representative at Foss National Leasing in Toronto, Ontario. D’Sa has over 16 years of Client Services, Account Management & Sales Experience.

“We are very excited for Keith join our team. His reputation for having a strong work ethic, industry knowledge and OEM insight is a great addition for our clients as he joins our Client Service team," said Darlene Spriel, Director, Fleet Solutions, Foss National Leasing.

Having worked for both FMCs and OEMs, he has worked with customers from both side of the business.

February 27, 2017


Hiroto Saikawa.
Hiroto Saikawa has been named CEO at Nissan, effective April 1, taking over for Carlos Ghosn, who will stay on as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

"I am confident that the management team I have developed at Nissan over the past 18 years has the talent and experience to meet the company's operational and strategic goals,” said Ghosn. “Having recently taken on new responsibilities at Mitsubishi Motors, and taking into consideration the upcoming Nissan general shareholders meeting, I have decided that the time is right for Hiroto Saikawa to succeed me as Nissan's CEO."

Saikawa has been with Nissan since 1977, and has held a variety of senior management roles since 1999. From 2013 to 2016 he was Nissan’s Chief Competitive Officer, and is currently co-CEO and representative director.

"I would like to thank Mr. Ghosn and the Nissan board for entrusting me with this new responsibility,” said Saikawa. “Under Mr. Ghosn's chairmanship and with the support of the excellent leadership team that has been built at Nissan, my focus will be delivering our company's continued performance and development and on continuing Nissan's contribution to the success of the Alliance."

Saikawa is also the Chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

February 13, 2017


Kevin McCaig.
Kevin McCaig has been named General Manager at ADESA Saskatoon. He was most recently sales manager at the location.

“Kevin has been an essential member of the team at ADESA Saskatoon, and he has played a valuable role in this auction’s success as it has grown from a three-lane operation into an eight-lane facility,” said Gregg Maidment, senior vice president of Canadian operations for ADESA. “I am confident that he has the leadership skills and experience to continue to grow this auction’s market share while maintaining a positive and productive customer experience.”

He has been with ADESA Saskatoon since 2006, He has held a variety of roles including factory account representative, sales manager, and also serves as an auctioneer. He was also a site manager for Automotive Finance Corporation.

“At ADESA, we have an internal recognition program to acknowledge the accomplishments of our highest-performing auction locations,” said Maidment. “Kevin was instrumental in helping the team at ADESA Saskatoon earn Auction of the Year honors for Canada and for all of North America in 2015.”

February 3, 2017


Rui Nunes.
Rui Nunes has been named Director of Sales & Customer Experience at Canadian Black Book.

“Our team at Canadian Black Book just got another serious jolt of high-end auto industry expertise and proven talent, and I can’t be more pleased to welcome Rui to this group,” says Brad Rome, President, Canadian Black Book. “This hire adds a unique combination of sales and business growth acumen coupled with a high aptitude for technology development, which fits perfectly in our business plan moving forward.”

Nunes will alter Canadian Black Book’s customer relationship culture and update CRM technologies in-house. He has worked for OEMs, including roles as a brand manager and managing a call centre; and developing the automotive group business vertical for Varimax Energy Management.

"The automotive industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace and Canadian Black Book is evolving with it. The addition of Rui to our team is another example of our commitment to provide our clients and partners with the information they need to make informed decisions," said Rome.

January 20, 2017


Andrew Chiu.
Andrew Chiu has been appointed as Fleet Analyst at Hyundai Canada, taking over for Scott Campbell, who has been promoted to the role of Customer Service Manager, Central Zone.

“Andrew will play an integral role in the ongoing expansion of Hyundai’s fleet presence within the Canadian fleet industry, and with the primary focus of exceeding the day to day expectations of our valued Fleet customers” said Russ Seton, Senior Manager, Fleet Sales & Remarketing, Hyundai Canada.

Chiu has over three years of automotive industry experience, including vehicle logistics while working for another OEM.

January 18, 2016


Samir Zabaneh has been named Chief Financial Officer at Element Fleet Management Corp.

“I welcome Samir Zabaneh as a valuable addition to Element’s Executive Leadership Team. Samir brings significant strategic, operations and financial technology expertise to Element, having recently served as the CFO of a NYSE-listed Fortune 1000 company that was a leader in the U.S. payment processing industry,” said Bradley Nullmeyer, Element’s Chief Executive Officer.

Zabaneh has held senior leadership roles in finance, strategy and operations at a variety of companies. Most recently, he was the CFO at Heartland Payment Systems. He has a Master of Science Degree in Finance from Boston College and an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston, and is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the AICPA.

“I am thrilled to become part of the leading team in fleet management services,” said Zabaneh. “In an industry living through transformation, Element’s scale and reputation as a technology and data driven company present a truly exciting opportunity to make an impact and contribute to our continued success and enhancing shareholder value.”

Michel Béland will be the CFO for ECN Capital, after having served as CFO for Element Financial Corporation, before its split last year to Element Fleet Management and ECN Capital Corp. will assist Zabaneh in the assumption of his responsibilities.

“I want to acknowledge the very fundamental contribution that Michel Béland made over the last five years in building the solid foundation on which Element Fleet Management now stands,” said Nullmeyer. “Under his leadership, Element successfully closed and integrated a series of strategic acquisitions, raised more than $5.8 billion in debt and equity capital and managed the company through last year’s Separation Transaction.”

January 18, 2016


Shawn Morris has been named Chief Operating Officer at Endras Automotive Group.

"We are truly excited to have Mr. Morris join our team during this time of rapid growth of our business and exciting job creation for the Greater Toronto Area,” said Chris Endras, President, Endras Automotive Group. “We look forward to sharing more exciting details of our expansion in the near future."

Morris has been in the automotive industry for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including Director of Sales Planning at Nissan Canada and Vice-President of Sales at Volvo Canada Ltd. He has also spend time as GM and VP of operations for dealerships at a retail and national level.

He completed the Ivey Executive Program at Western University Ivey Business School, and has a BBA in Automotive Marketing from Northwood University. He is also completing his Master of Business Administration at the Kellogg-Schulich School of Business.

December 22, 2016


Heath Holtz has been appointed Vice-President, Manufacturing, Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan North America, replacing Randy Knight, who is retiring on April 1, 2017.

"Randy has been an effective and well-respected leader in Smyrna since assuming his current post in 2013," said José Muñoz, chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and chairman, Nissan North America. "I would like to thank Randy for his dedicated service and leadership and wish him well in the future."

Holtz, who is currently Deputy Managing Director, Manufacturing, Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, will assume his new role on January 1.

Holtz will be responsible for Nissan's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant operations including safety, quality, operations, productivity and environmental compliance.

Holtz has been with Nissan North American since March 2016, and has held a variety of roles within Nissan including stints in Japan and England.

December 7, 2016


Ken Richardson.
Ken Richardson has been named Vice-President of Finance for Canada at Element Fleet Management. He will be taking over for Henry Mulder, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Richardson has been with the company since 2008 and currently manages Element Fleet’s Commercial and Fleet Partnership Solutions teams for Central and Eastern Canada. He has the Chartered Financial Analyst credential and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

December 7, 2016


Randy Wingenroth.
Randy Wingenroth has been named Vice-President of Operations for Business Area North America. He takes over for Michael Berger, who becomes Head of Corporate HR at PALFINGER Headquarters in Austria.

Wingenroth has over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles related to operations, strategic sourcing, supply chain management and lean manufacturing. He will work with Mark Woody, VP of Sales, to lead the North American business.

"Randy will be a great addition to the management team and with a stronger drive for process quality, consistency and lean manufacturing, I'm confident that his contributions will add great value for our customers," said Lennart Brelin, President - Region Americas.

December 7, 2016


Stacey White.
Stacey White has been named Senior Vice-President of Enterprise Optimization at KAR Auction Services, Inc. (KAR). White will oversee transportation at the corporate level and will continue to oversee the company’s procurement and sourcing strategies, while still leading the team charged with standardization of operations and processes at all newly acquired auctions.

“Stacey has more than 20 years of experience in the auto remarketing industry and is well respected by other employees throughout the company,” said David Vignes, Executive Vice-President of Enterprise Optimization, KAR. “She has a proven track record of success and the willingness and drive to continue taking on more responsibilities, making her well-suited for this role.”

White has been with KAR since 2008, when she began as Operational Compliance Auditor, and has held a variety of roles since.

“I am excited to take on this new role where I can apply my previous experience and knowledge gained from my career at KAR,” said White. “I look forward to working with new team members and taking on this new challenge.”

White holds degrees from Canada’s Saint Mary’s University and Compu College School of Business in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

November 21, 2016


Alex Préfontaine has been named Regional Operations Manager, Eastern Region at Volvo Car Canada Ltd.

He will be responsible for leading the regional sales operations for retailers in Québec and Ottawa, Ontario. Préfontaine will work with retailers to develop and implement sales and market building strategies to ensure achievement of retail sales, market share and customer satisfaction objectives. As well, he will be responsible for counseling and coordination of the Retailer Advertising Group, regional marketing, promotions and special events.

He has over 14 years of professional experience with other OEMs. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business and Marketing Management from Northwood University.

November 18, 2016


Mark Buzzell.
Mark Buzzell has been named President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., taking over for Dianne Craig, who becomes U.S. Director of Sales, Ford Motor Company. Craig held the role for the past five years. The appointments are effective January 1, 2017.

“Dianne Craig’s outstanding contributions at Ford of Canada make her the right person to help build future sales success in the U.S.,” said Joe Hinrichs, President of The Americas, Ford.

Buzzell has been with Ford since 1989 and has held a range of marketing, sales and service positions across the country, and in the Caribbean and Central America. He is currently General Manager for the western market area in the United States.

“Based on my own experience at Ford of Canada, I know that Mark Buzzell is a perfect fit to lead the organization as it continues to put the customer experience first and build a strong future for its employees, dealers and communities,” said Hinrichs.

Buzzell has a bachelor of business degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Notre Dame.

“I look forward to joining Ford of Canada’s winning team to lead the company’s efforts to be the most trusted and admired automotive brand in the country,” said Buzzell.

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