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February 9, 2016

ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS INC APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE VP and COO

Christine Taylor
Christine Taylor.
Christine Taylor has been named Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Enterprise Holdings Inc (EHI). In her new role, Taylor will oversee the company’s operations and continue serving as a member of the corporate board. She will report to Pamela Nicholson, President and CEO, EHI.

“Chrissy has brought a winning combination of intelligence, energy and a tremendous work ethic to every challenge she has taken on in her 15-year car rental career,” said Nicholson. “There’s no doubt Chrissy will continue to do great things for our company and our customers.”

Taylor began her EHI career as part of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Training Program, and has worked in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility.

“Chrissy also helped grow luxury car rental to more than 30 locations and strengthen the company’s portfolio of urban mobility alternatives, including car sharing and vanpooling,” Nicholson stated. “And she launched a program extending business hours that has driven a strong increase in the competitive local car rental market.”


January 28, 2016

NEW APPOINTMENTS AT FCA CANADA FLEET OPERATIONS

Bernie Moorcroft
Bernie Moorcroft.
Bernie Moorcroft has been appointed National Commercial Sales Manager for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Canada’s Fleet Operations. His responsibilities will include supporting and growing all commercial fleet car and truck sales and FMC business in Canada.

Moorcroft has been with FCA Canada for 26 years, 15 in Fleet Operations and until this appointment; National Daily Rental Manager.

As well, Eric Janca has been appointed National Daily Rental Manager. His responsibilities will include managing all national risk and buy-back fleet sale transactions for FCA Canada.

Eric Janca
Eric Janca.
Janca has been with FCA Canada Fleet Operations for three years. He has had previous experience in remarketing and held position with a major OEM.

“I want to congratulate both Bernie and Eric for taking on these important new roles and responsibilities,” said Ken Tuckey, Head of Fleet Operations – FCA Canada. “Their appointments ensure our department will maintain the high standards of service and support our customers have come to expect.”


January 26, 2016

ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT APPOINTS WESTERN REGION ACCOUNT MANAGER

Laura Adams
Laura Adams.
Laura Adams has joined the Canada Commercial team as an Account Manager in Western Region, at Element Fleet Management. She will be based in Element’s Edmonton office.

"The appointment of Laura is an important step in our western Canadian growth strategy as we look to build the future of fleet management in 2016. We remain dedicated to enhancing the client experience by continuing to invest in technology, localizing resources, and improving processes to further align our service delivery with our customers’ needs and ultimately reduce their TCO,” said Chris Gittens, Chief Commercial Officer, Canada.

Laura Adams has nearly 22 years fleet industry experience in western Canada. She is a member of NAFA and holds a Business Management Diploma in Accounting from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton.


January 8, 2016

ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT APPOINTS SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Jeff Reader
Jeff Reader.
Jeff Reader joins the Canada Commercial team as Senior Account Manager in Western Region at Element Fleet Management. He will be based at Element’s Calgary, Alberta office.

"The appointment of Jeff is an important step in our western Canadian growth strategy as we look to build the future of fleet management in 2016. We remain dedicated to enhancing the client experience by continuing to invest in technology, localizing resources, and improving processes to further align our service delivery with our customers’ needs and ultimately reduce their TCO,” said Chris Gittens, Chief Commercial Officer, Canada.

Reader has nearly 20 years of experience in fleet/lease and insurance management. Recently, he served as Fleet Coordinator at Penn West Petroleum, where he managed fleet, in addition to developing vehicle standards and policies, managing insurance claims and negotiating contract agreements.

He has had extensive management experience with several Western Canada organizations, and served on the board of NAFA. He holds a journeyman certificate and a third year apprenticeship from SIAST, Saskatoon.


January 8, 2016

EMKAY CANADA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

Norman Lyle
Norman Lyle.
Norman Lyle has been named President of EMKAY Canada Fleet Services, succeeding Paul Turner, who will retire in the spring.

Lyle will be responsible for leading EMKAY through its strategic growth plans in Canada along with the day-to-day leadership of the entire Canadian team.

“I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity of joining a proven team that is committed to being the premier service provider in Canada. EMKAY has consistently proven itself to perfectly blend high-end technology with true old-fashioned customer service. EMKAY delivers operational excellence, valuable business intelligence, and exceptional Fleet Management tools. I believe that this dedicated business model, focused on customer service, will support its strategic growth plans in Canada,” said Lyle.

Paul Turner
Paul Turner.
“Norm’s background in fleet sales, operations and lease finance at a global automotive manufacturer will further strengthen EMKAY’s business model in Canada. EMKAY is poised for tremendous growth in Canada by expanding our new customer base, while executing our plans for strategic gains in efficiency, service and the customer experience by leveraging our technology and customer service model,” said Greg DePace of EMKAY’s US headquarters.

Turner will retire from his position of President of EMKAY Canada after a 30 plus year career in the Canadian fleet industry.

Turner has worked with seven major fleet management companies, holding positions in operations, customer service, sales, and senior management. He successfully led EMKAY through the transition period following its acquisition of the major fleet assets of a leading Canadian Fleet Management Company in 2010.

“I have been very fortunate to have thoroughly enjoyed my work and the many great people I have worked with over the years in the fleet industry, my role at EMKAY is a perfect finish” said Paul Turner. Turner will work in parallel with Lyle for several months to ensure a smooth transition.


January 7, 2016

MARY BARRA ELECTED CHAIRMAN, GM'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mary Barra
Mary Barra.
Mary Barra was elected Chairman, General Motors Board of Directors. Barra succeeds Theodore Solso, who will continue as the Board’s Lead Independent Director. Mary Barra has served as GM CEO since Jan. 15, 2014.

Said Theodore Solso; “At a time of unprecedented industry change, the Board concluded it is in the best interests of the company to combine the roles of Chair and CEO in order to drive the most efficient execution of our plan and vision for the future,” “With GM consistently delivering on its targets and on track to generate significant value for its shareholders, this is the right time for Mary to assume this role.” he added.

Said Barra; “I am honored to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. With the support of our Board, we will continue to drive shareholder value by improving our core business and leading in the transformation of personal mobility.”


December 16, 2015

MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA'S NEW KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER

Kathryn Gavrylec
Kathryn Gavrylec.
Kathryn Gavrylec will assume the role of Key Account Manager in the National Corporate Sales Department at Mercedes-Benz Canada. Gavrylec has been with Mercedes-Benz Canada since September 2013 as Corporate Sales Marketing Coordinator.

"I am very excited for this new challenge at Mercedes-Benz Canada and I look forward to working closer with the dealer network, clients and fleet management companies," said Kathryn Gavrylec, Key Account Manager, Corporate Sales, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

The new responsibilities include working with select Ontario and all Western regional dealers and sales teams enhancing fleet strategies, developing and maintaining commercial fleet accounts, and being the key liason between leasing companies, dealerships and end users.

Gavrylec has worked for an FMC and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University.


December 16, 2015

ACTION APPOINTS NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS

Troy Whitman
Troy Whitman.
Stephen Carey
Stephen Carey.
Action Car and Truck Accessories appointed four new Business Development Managers dedicated to the fleet segment of business across the country.

“Fleet is the fastest growing business segment in our Industry. As our National footprint grows and our client list expands, we need to capitalize on every opportunity we can,” said Mark Boutilier, Director of Business and Fleet Development. “I am extremely pleased to add such high caliber members to our team, which is now comprised of a total of 16 Business Development Managers across the Country.”

Dean Radke
Dean Radke.
Mark Sheeley
Mark Sheeley.
The appointments are:

Troy Whitman – Southern Ontario territory comprised of mostly the Greater Toronto and surrounding area.
Stephen Carey – Southern Alberta territory based in Calgary.
Dean Radke – Northern Alberta territory based in Edmonton.
Mark Sheeley – Central British Columbia territory based in Langley.


December 11, 2015

NISSAN'S 2016 EXECUTIVE CHANGES

Christian Meunier
Christian Meunier.
Nissan has made several changes to its North American senior management team, effective January 1, 2016.

Christian Meunier, has been named Senior Vice-President, Nissan Sales and Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America (NNA). He also becomes Chairman, Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI). Meunier will lead operations of Nissan in Canada and the U.S., including sales, marketing communications, model line brand management, parts and service, product planning, trucks and light commercial vehicles, customer quality and dealer network development.

Meunier will report to José Muñoz, Executive Vice-President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Chairman, NNA.

“Building and leading the Canadian team over the past three years has been one of the most exciting and rewarding challenges of my career, and together we’ve achieved remarkable success,” said Meunier. “I’m looking forward to my new role and as part of that, continuing to oversee the Canadian team as we strive toward achieving our business objectives. We have the right team in place to do this, and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Joni Paiva has been named President of Nissan Canada. He has over 20 years of experience with Renault and Nissan. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations for Nissan in Canada including: sales and marketing, finance, dealer network, product and corporate planning, aftersales, legal, human resources and the Company's captive sales finance company.

Paiva is presently Director, Chief Marketing Manager at Nissan North America. He has had several sales and marketing responsibilities with Renault in France and Argentina.

Other North American appointments are:
Fred Diaz, who becomes division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, NNA.
Judy Wheeler, named vice president, Sales, Nissan Division U.S.
Dan Mohnke is appointed vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager (CMM) & Marketing Operations, Nissan Division U.S.
Billy Hayes is vice president, Nissan Southeast Region, NNA.
Michael Bunce, is appointed vice president, Product Planning, NNA.
David Kershaw, is promoted to vice president, Dealer Network Development, NNA.
Tim Gilbert, is director, Dealer Network Strategy, NNA.
Eric Rogers, is director, dealer network development, NNA.
Leon Dorssers, is promoted to corporate vice president, Dealer Network Development at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Pierre Loing, is division general manager, Lifecycle Management, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.


December 8, 2015

TOYOTA CANADA EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

Larry Hutchinsonr
Larry Hutchinson.
Effective January 1, 2016, Toyota Canada Inc., (TCI) will introduce a new President and CEO, a Vice-President of Sales, and a Director of the Lexus Division.

Larry Hutchinson has been named President and CEO of TCI,the first Canadian to take on the role. He will now oversee all sales and marketing activities in Canada and report to Jim Lentz, CEO, Toyota North America. Hutchinson has been with TCI since 1986, and has filled a wide range of responsibilities most recently as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing.

Cyril Dimitris has been appointed Vice-President of Sales at TCI. Dimitris will report to Larry Hutchinson. Dimitris has been with TCI since 1988, primarily as part of the Lexus division. He was most recently Director of Lexus and Scion divisions.

Jennifer Barron has been named Director of Lexus division at TCI. Barron has been part of TCI since 1989 and has held a variety of responsibilities with the company, most recently as National Manager of Service Marketing and Retention.


November 30, 2015

ARI GROWS IT'S STRATEGIC ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT TEAM

Todd Wallace has been named Strategic Account Manager in Calgary, Alberta for ARI and joins the Strategic Account Management team. Wallace has held senior level strategic, international account management roles, building a proven track record of managing client relationships.

“Todd’s experience in providing strategic recommendations, business reviews and product support will prove to be valuable to ARI’s clients in the Western Region,” said Gregory Raven, Department Head of Strategic Accounts at ARI.

Andrew Parkes becomes Strategic Account Manager at ARI, based in Mississauga, Ontario. Parkes is rejoining the fleet industry after a short hiatus as a business consultant and sales executive in the technology sector.

“Andrew's past experience with complex fleets and account management skills will prove to be an asset to ARI’s clients,” said Raven.


November 30, 2015

ARI'S NEW DISTRICT SALES MANAGER

Kathryn Foster
Kathryn Foster.
Kathryn Foster has been named District Sales Manager, Central Region at ARI. Foster has over 10 years experience with ARI, she started with the company as a Client Service Representative, and has held roles in client relations, account management, and supporting ARI’s business in the U.K. Until this change, she was Manager of Sales Support.

“Kathryn’s tremendous experience and passion for the business make her ideally suited to take on this new challenge,” says Lawrence Chiaravalle, Director of Sales.


November 30, 2015

MITSUBISHI FUSO NAMES DIRECTOR

Brian Shantz
Brian Shantz.
Brian Shantz has added the title of Director, Dealer Network Development and Operations at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc., (MFTA). He will continue his current role of General Manager, Canadian Operations.

He will be responsible for dealer network development for all MFTA North American operations; Canada, U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam.

“Over the years, Brian has proven to be a valuable asset to MFTA. We have just finished an evaluation of the dealer operations role and its responsibilities, and have revised the position based on that evaluation,” said Jecka Glasman, President and CEO, MFTA. “We’re confident that Brian’s career experience, both in his tenure at MFTA and before, makes him the perfect fit for this new position.”

Shantz has been with Mitsubishi Fuso since 1999 as Director, Sales for Canada, he took on the General Manager role for Canadian operations earlier this year.


November 16, 2015

MERCEDES-BENZ KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER

Denley Phillip
Denley Phillip.
Denley Phillip has been appointed Key Account Manager at Mercedes-Benz Canada as part of the Corporate Sales team. In this role, Phillips will support central and eastern regions with corporate sales. Phillip is experienced in both retail and fleet sectors of the automotive industry having worked for an FMC and an OEM.

"I am very pleased to have Denley on our team and look forward to working with him," said Jo-Anne Lamontagne, National Corporate Sales Manager, Mercedes-Benz Canada.


November 6, 2015

KIA CANADA FLEET DEPARTMENT CHANGES

Keith D’Sa
Keith D’Sa.
Keith D’Sa has been named Manager, National Fleet Sales, at Kia Canada Inc., he will report to Darryl Oke. D’Sa brings over 20 years of automobile and fleet experience. Most recently, he held the position of Key Account Manager at Mercedes-Benz Canada.

"I am excited to start this new challenge at Kia Canada Inc. and look forward to working with my clients and fleet management companies on growing the Kia brand," said D'Sa.

George Lykopoulos becomes Kia's Manager, National Remarketing and CPO. He has been with the company since June 2008 and an important part of the department’s growth.

George Lykopoulos
George Lykopoulos.
“I look forward to the next phase in my career at Kia Canada Inc. as Manager, National Remarketing & CPO,” said Lykopoulos.

Michelle Avello takes on the title of to Fleet Specialist and will report to D’Sa. Avello has been with the Kia fleet department since May 2011.

Brian MacPherson take on the role of Remarketing and CPO Specialist, and will be reporting to Lykopoulos. MacPherson has been with the fleet department since June 2012.


October 20, 2015

ADDISON FLEET NAMES DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL ASSETS

Dave Steane
Dave Steane.
Dave Steane has been named Director, Commercial Assets at Addison Fleet. Steane has over 20 years experience in the fleet management and trucking business, most recently with an FMC where he held the position of Specialist, Trucks and Equipment for over 11 years. Steane specializes in medium and heavy-duty commercial truck design and has extensive experience with the complex needs of a wide variety of light and heavy-duty specialty truck fleets.

“We are enthused for the key role Dave will play in Addison’s continued national growth strategies, enhancing the dedicated service and resources we provide our clients. Additionally, Dave will lead our expansion into the medium and heavy-duty fleet and leasing realm.” said Yanik Nalezinski, Vice-President, Sales and Client Services, Addison Fleet.

“I’m looking forward to working with the great group of people on the Addison team. The focus on customer service here is second to none and will allow me to provide my clients with the best fleet experience possible.” said Steane of his appointment.


October 13, 2015

ARI NAME APPOINTMENTS TO ITS EUROPEAN OPERATIONS

Majk Strika
Majk Strika.
ARI has named Majk Strika Managing Director, European Operations and Henning Schick Director of European Sales.

“In the past 12 months, the number of vehicles managed by ARI in the European market has increased by nearly 45 percent,” said Mark Bryan, Senior Vice-President, European Operations, ARI. “This incredible growth is a tribute to all of our employees, but also to the strategic leadership of Majk and Henning and I am confident they will continue to help our business evolve as they take on these new roles.”

Henning Schick
Henning Schick.
Strika has been with ARI since July 2014 as Director of European Sales. He has nearly 20 years of fleet management industry experience working with large, multi-national companies in strategic leadership roles. He is a graduate of the University of Augsburg in Germany.

Schick, has more than 15 years of industry experience, also joined ARI in July 2014 as the company’s Director of Strategic Accounts and Supply Chain Management for Europe. Schick is a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany.


October 6, 2015

FCA MAKES LEADERSHIP CHANGES

Reid Bigland
Reid Bigland.
FCA has made leadership changes in North America and at the Group Executive Council (GEC) level. The changes are: Reid Bigland is appointed Head of NAFTA Fleet. Bigland will continue his current GEC responsibility for NAFTA Sales and Alfa Romeo. Mike Manley is appointed Head of Ram. He will remain APAC COO and Head of Jeep. Timothy Kuniskis becomes a member of the GEC and assumes responsibility for NAFTA passenger car brands, consisting of Dodge and SRT, Chrysler and FIAT.

North American level changes are: Jason Stoicevich is now Head of Fleet Operations and Small Business Sales for the U.S., he will report to Bigland and continues responsibility for the California Business Center. Robert Hegbloom continues as Head of Ram Brand for North America, and he now reports to Manley. Alistair (Al) Gardner continues as Head of Network Development for North America, reporting to Sergio Marchionne, COO, FCA – North America.


October 6, 2015

VW NAMES PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NORTH AMERICAN REGION

Volkswagen Group has combined Canada, Mexico and USA activities into a North American region (NAR). Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland has been named as President and CEO of Volkswagen NAR effective November 1.

The NAR will be on top of the existing structure of the three markets. He graduated from the Technical University Darmstadt, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. He has been in the automotive industry since 1984, and joined Audi AG in 1990 and Volkswagen AG in 1993. He was Vice-President for Volkswagen in Brazil from 1997. In 2005, he became President and CEO of Volkswagen Group in China. Since 2010, he has been CEO of SKODA AUTO.


September 24, 2015

UAP INC NAMES PRESIDENT

Alain Masse
Alain Masse.
Alain Masse has been named President of UAP Inc., by Genuine Parts Company (GPC).

“Alain is an experienced leader with a proven track record for delivering results. He has a broad understanding of UAP’s business, having worked successfully in its Auto Parts and Heavy Vehicle Parts Divisions. He has helped implement many of the changes within the organization to improve its performance. I am confident that Alain will lead UAP to execute the company’s strategies efficiently and deliver outstanding service to our customers,” said Kevin Herron, Senior-Vice President, Auto Parts Group – USA/Canada, GPC. “We strongly believe that having great leaders and employees is a key component and an integral part of our success.”

Masse has been with UAP since 2011 as Executive Vice President, Heavy Vehicle Parts Division (HVPD) and was most recently Executive Vice President, NAPA Operations. At the end of 2014, he took the leadership of all corporate functions for the Auto Parts Division as well as the Heavy Vehicle Parts Division.

“I am honored to serve as President of UAP” said Masse. “UAP is evolving into a dynamic, faster growing and better performing organization. 2015 has been a very good year for UAP. Together with the UAP team, our business partners and our loyal customers, I look forward to further strengthening our position as the #1 market share leader in Canada.”

John Buckley will take over for Masse as Executive Vice-President, Napa Canada.


September 24, 2015

ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT NAMES MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

Valentin Duminica
Valentin Duminica.
Valentin Duminica has been added to the Canada Commercial Team as Manager, New Business Development and Account Management at Element Fleet Management in the Western Region.

"The appointment of Valentin Duminica is an important step in our Western Canadian growth strategy and fits perfectly with our overall commercial framework that focuses on bringing more resources closer to our customers, to better align with what our customers need and value in optimizing the running of their fleets,” said Chris Gittens, Chief Commercial Officer, Canada.

Valentin has over 13 years of automotive industry experience in sales, service and account management, including most recently spending seven years at a fleet management company. He has also worked with Toyota, Dodge and Jaguar in Ontario and Romania in the sales field. He will be stations in Element’s Vancouver, British Columbia office. Valentin has a BBA from the Romanian-American University in Bucharest, Romania.


September 24, 2015

LEASEPLAN USA NAMES TWO NEW VICE-PRESIDENTS

LeasePlan USA has named Lisa Carter as Vice-President of Client Relations, Regional Accounts and Roston Willis as Vice-President of Sales, National Accounts.

“We have seen a steady growth in new business over the past few years and have responded by reinforcing our staff numbers in order to continue to meet the needs of our clients,” said Jon Toups, chief commercial officer at LeasePlan USA. “We are happy to welcome such excellent fleet management employees as Lisa Carter and Roston Willis to LeasePlan.”

Carter has 11 years of fleet management industry experience, she will work to help clients reduce total cost of ownership and offer new solutions to create efficiencies.

“I believe in providing world-class service and consultation to my clients in all areas of fleet management,” said Carter.

Willis has seven years of fleet management sales experience, and has worked at Ryder Transportation. Willis will analyze prospective clients’ fleet operations to identify areas of savings and efficiencies.

“I am excited to work for a company with two great priorities: providing the best service to its clients and encouraging employee engagement and growth,” said Willis.


September 24, 2015

WHEELS INC NAMES SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT OF SALES AND CLIENT RELATIONS

Laura Jozwiak has been promoted to Senior Vice-President of Sales and Client Relations at Wheels Inc. Jozwiak will lead the Wheels teams that provide strategic guidance and analytic resources to assist clients and prospective clients in making informed decisions to improve the performance of their fleets.

“During her 14 years at Wheels, Laura has led countless initiatives for areas like operations, account management and information technology that have yielded tremendous value and process efficiencies for our clients,” said Jim Frank, CEO, Wheels. “Laura’s deep experience in our business and her enthusiastic energy make her the perfect candidate to lead our sales and client relations organizations going forward.”

She has over 30 years of fleet management experience in strategic account management, client relations, and license and titling, acquisitions and fuel.


September 21, 2015

NISSAN'S NEWLY APPOINTED VP SALES OPERATIONS

Michael Soutter
Michael Soutter.
Michael Soutter, has been named Vice-President Sales Operations at Nissan Canada reporting to President Christian Meunier.

"Michael’s leadership, competitive nature and ability to think outside the box has been an important part of the Nissan team success in Canada," said Meunier. “We’re excited to welcome him to this new role and are confident that he will add a new level of forward-thinking strategy as Nissan continues to grow in Canada."

Soutter has been with Nissan Canada since 2013 and was, until this promotion, Director, Aftersales. Michael holds an MBA in Strategic Planning from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


September 21, 2015

COUNTY ROAD AUTOMOTIVE GROUP APPOINTS COMMERCIAL FLEET MANAGER

Lisa Bouchard
Lisa Bouchard.
Lisa Bouchard has been named Commercial Fleet Account Manager at County Road Automotive Group in Guelph, Ontario.

“I am excited to start a new challenge within County Road Automotive Group and look forward to working with the team to further elevate their already successful sales and service performance,” said Bouchard.

Bouchard's fleet management experience includes 13 years with Nissan Canada, and time with an FMC.

“Lisa’s wealth of experience and fleet industry knowledge has already made her a key addition to the County Road Automotive Group family,” said Jean-Luc Lemire, General Manager, County Road Automotive Group. “We view her appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in South Western Ontario for industry. Our significant footprint in South Western Ontario and the increasing demand for Nissan, Infiniti vehicles led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Lisa’s caliber to fulfill this role. I’m confident that Lisa will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.”


September 21, 2015

ELEMENT FLEET MANAGAMENT'S NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson.
Jon Parker
Jon Parker.
Element Financial Corporation has appointed a new leadership team for its fleet management business which incorporates the GE U.S. Fleet Services business.

“This is our first step toward creating one of the world’s leading fleet management companies, one that will serve as a catalyst for innovation in the customer experience,” said Kristi Webb, president and CEO, Fleet Management. “I am extremely pleased to bring together a team of this caliber. All of us share a focus on delivering for our customers, opening opportunities for employees and transforming the fleet management industry.”

Element North American Fleet Management senior leadership team will be based in Sparks, Maryland and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The fleet management leadership team will include:

Michele Cunningham
Michele Cunningham.
Mark Hayes
Mark Hayes.
Jon Parker – Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
Jon Parker now leads the North American Fleet Management Commercial organization, including sales and fleet management services. He was GE Capital's Fleet Services Chief Commercial Officer beginning in 2010. He has held commercial leadership responsibilities over the past 20 years with GE Capital’s lending and leasing businesses.

Mary Sticha
Mary Sticha.
John Wall
John Wall.
Gary Anderson – Senior Vice President, Strategic Consulting and Customer Experience
Gary Anderson will lead North American strategic consulting organization and customer experience initiatives, including customer advisory boards and bringing the voice of customers into the business. Anderson was the Chief Business Development Officer for Element’s fleet management business and has been with the company since 1986 in financial, sales support and direct sales roles.

Paul Danielson
Paul Danielson.
Thomas Keilty
Thomas Keilty.
Mark Hayes – Senior Vice President, Marketing
Mark Hayes now leads North American marketing team and focused on presenting a differentiated value proposition to the fleet market, and positioning the company for growth in new and existing markets.

Hayes was Chief Marketing Officer for GE Capital Fleet Services beginning in 2012 and has been in senior marketing leadership roles for more than 25 years.

Kathryn Parkinson
Kathryn Parkinson.
David Telep
David Telep.
Michele Cunningham - Senior Vice President, Products and Services
Michele Cunningham now leads Products and Services team, driving the growth and development of innovative solutions for fleet customers. In addition, Cunningham will assist Element Executive Vice President Jim Halliday in coordination of the company’s global value proposition, building on the Element-Arval alliance.

Cunningham has been leading strategic development for Element’s fleet management business since 2011, and has more than 20 years’ experience in business-to-business and technology company leadership roles.

Matthew Salm
Matthew Salm.
John Wall – Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
John Wall now leads the North American technology and IT organization, charged with creating transformative opportunities for the fleet industry.

Mary Sticha – Senior Vice President, Integration
Mary Sticha is now North American Integration leader, charged with bringing together the organization to meet the vision for the fleet management business. Sticha has been with the GE Capital Fleet Services business for over 30 years in a variety of commercial and operational leadership roles.

Thomas Keilty – Senior Vice President, Operations
Thomas Keilty now leads Operations teams serving the company’s customers across North America, including call centers, ordering, title and licensing, and implementation. He has been Chief Operating Officer for Element’s fleet management business since 2009 and with the team since 1995.

Paul Danielson – Senior Vice President, Legal
Paul Danielson is now North American chief legal counsel. Danielson has been chief counsel for Element’s fleet management business since 2014.

– Senior Vice President, Human Resources
David Telep is now North American Human Resources leader. Telep has been leading human resources for the GE Capital Fleet Services business since 2011, and was previously in human resources leadership positions at GE for 15 years.

Kathryn Parkinson - Senior Vice President, Credit and Risk
Kathryn Parkinson is now Senior Vice President responsible for credit and risk management in both the United States and Canada. Parkinson joined Element’s Commercial and Vendor Finance business in 2013 before moving to the fleet management business.

Sébastien Blondin
Sébastien Blondin.
Matthew Salm – Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Sourcing
Matthew Salm is now responsible for North American strategic alliances and sourcing operations, including procurement and collaboration with products and services on strategic alliances. Salm joined Element in 2013 and was named Vice-President of Strategic Alliances in 2015.

Regional Leadership
Sébastien Blondin will continue as President of Element’s fleet management business in Canada, reporting to Kristi Webb.

David Madrigal will be Element’s President for fleet management in Mexico after the GE Fleet acquisition closes. He will report to Kristi Webb.


September 15, 2015

FLEET STRATEGIES SPECIALIST AT EMKAY CANADA

Lynda Tribble has been appointed Fleet Strategies Specialist at EMKAY Canada. Tribble has more than 18 years automotive fleet account management and consulting experience, specializing in expense reduction and customer satisfaction.

Tribble will focus on accounts based in Western Canada and will be based at EMKAY’s Calgary, Alberta Innovation Service Centre.

“Lynda’s customer focus, strong industry knowledge and analytics capabilities will serve her customers well”, said Paul Turner, President, EMKAY Canada.


September 14, 2015

MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

Gareth Joyce
Gareth Joyce.
Gareth Joyce becomes President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada effective January 1, 2016. He takes over from Tim A. Reuss who was President Mercedes-Benz Canada starting in 2011. Reuss will become President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Portugal.

Joyce has been in the automotive sector since 2004, starting with DaimlerChrysler South Africa. He became Vice-President of After-Sales for Mercedes-Benz South Africa in 2007. Most recently Joyce was Vice-President of Customer Services at Mercedes-Benz USA.

Gareth Joyce has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Master of Commerce in Business Management from Rand Afrikaans University.


September 9, 2015

ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT NAMES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Maggie Wilson
Maggie Wilson.
Maggie Wilson has joined the Canadian Commercial team as Manager of Business Development in Western region at Element Fleet Management. She will be based in the Calgary. Alberta office.

"The appointment of Maggie Wilson is an important step in our Western Canadian growth strategy and fits perfectly with our overall Commercial framework that focusses on bringing more resources, closer to our customers, to better align with what our customers need and value in optimizing the running of their fleet,” said Chris Gittens, Chief Commercial Officer, Canada. "Element Fleet's Commercial organizational framework focusses on bringing more resources, closer to our customers, to better align with what our customers need and value in optimizing the running of their fleet“

Wilson has almost 10 years of business development experience in the automotive and fleet industry. She also has over 14 years of sales experience based in start-up and territory expansion for several Western Canada organizations. She was most recently Director of Business Development for Western Canada at LHH/Knightsbridge.


September 9, 2015

ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT NAMES CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

Kristine Male has been named Client Service Representative Western Region at Element Fleet Management. She will be part of the Element Commercial team and be based in Edmonton, Alberta.

"We are thrilled to have Kristine join our team. Her experience and skill sets fit well within our client service strategy,” said Chris Gittens, Chief Commercial Officer, Canada.

Male has provided customer service and managed day-to-day client requests for a large portfolio of clients. She has a degree from Career College in Edmonton.

Male has worked with FMCs (most recently with ARI) and was previously part of TLS Fleet Management (which was acquired by Element).


September 8, 2015

FOSS NATIONAL LEASING MAKES APPOINTMENTS

Jean Francis Manono has been added to Foss National Leasing in the position of Vehicle Purchaser. Manono has fleet experience as a Bilingual Driver Service Associate for the last four years at a FMC.

He has also led the call centre department at Emergency Road Services and worked at Nissan Canada as a CSR. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Science, Mathematics from Barber College with a minor in Computer Science.

Also at Foss, Ashley Smith has been named a CSR in Calgary, Alberta. She has significant automotive experience, having worked for Calgary Motor Products as a Sales Person. Most recently, Smith was a CSR for another FMC managing some of their largest clients.


September 2, 2015

EMKAY CANADA NAMES STRATEGIC ACCOUNT MANAGER

Jim Saunders
Jim Saunders.
Jim Saunders has been named Strategic Account Manager at EMKAY Canada. He has over 20 years of commercial sales and account management experience in providing customized solutions, specializing in expense reduction and customer satisfaction.

“Jim’s creativity, strong industry knowledge and analytics capabilities will serve his customers well”, said Paul Turner, President, EMKAY Canada.

Saunders will focus on Western Canada based accounts and be located in the Calgary, Alberta Innovation Service Centre.


September 1, 2015

ELEMENT APPOINTS ACCOUNT MANAGER

Maria Donque
Maria Donque.
Maria Donque has been named to the Canada Commercial team as Account Manager, Western Region at Element Fleet Management. She will be based in the Calgary, Alberta office.

"The addition of Maria to our Element Fleet team enhances our focus on building the strongest fleet management team in the industry for our Western Canadian customers,” said Chris Gittens, Chief Commercial Officer, Canada. "Element Fleet's Commercial organizational framework focusses on bringing more resources, closer to our customers, to better align with what our customers need and value in optimizing the running of their fleet“

Donque has many years of fleet management experience, including eight with GE Fleet and another FMC, managing a portfolio of government and commercial accounts. She has also spent nine years with 3M. Donque is a graduate of University of Calgary with an MBA, and is an engineer from the University of Toronto.


August 31, 2015

EMKAY APPOINTS VP FLEET SERVICE OPERATIONS

Dave Lodding has been named Vice-President Fleet Service Operations for EMKAY Inc. Lodding has more than 25 years experience in the fleet management industry, most recently as Executive Vice-President Fleet Services at an FMC.

“Along with Dave’s managerial and operations expertise, his industry experience and contacts throughout are an invaluable addition to our executive team,” said Greg DePace, EMKAY, Inc. “EMKAY’s North American strategy for aggressive growth and continued focus on the rapidly changing competitive landscape will be greatly aided by Dave’s contributions.”


August 28, 2015

KIA CANADA’S NEW VP and COO

Ted Lancaster
Ted Lancaster.
Ted Lancaster has been named Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada Inc., responsible for daily and strategic operations of sales, marketing, after sales and legal departments.

“I am looking forward to the next challenge of my career here at Kia Canada,” said Lancaster. “Working collaboratively with our network of dealers and Kia Canada employees is a top priority in order to continue driving our mutual success.”

Lancaster has more than 20 years automotive industry experience. Recently, he was Vice President, Field Sales and Sales Operations, for Nissan Canada. He has a BSC in Law from George Mason University.

“We are elated with today’s news and are looking forward to the future with Ted leading in his new role,” said M.K. Kim, President and CEO, Kia Canada. “Ted holds exceptional leadership skills, sound business judgement and integrity, and will certainly influence the operations of the company towards continued success.”


August 28, 2015

NAFA NAMES ONTARIO CHAPTER CHAIR

Jeff Meggitt, CAFM, has been appointed NAFA Ontario Chapter Chair. Jeff is the Fleet Manager for Regional Municipality of York with more than 25 years of municipal operations and maintenance environment.

“Jeff oversees a corporate fleet which includes 500 vehicles ranging from plug-in electric cars to tandem snowplows, lawnmowers to graders,” said Mike Cole, Vice-President for Canada, Northern Region Trustee, NAFA. “Duties include operations, maintenance, fuel supply, procurement, regulatory compliance, project management, emergency response and policy development. Through a combination of in-house and outsourced maintenance, he manages a diverse fleet of vehicles for wide ranging corporate functions.”

Meggitt holds a Bachelor’s degree from York University, a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a CAFM certification from NAFA.

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