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November 21, 2016
VOLVO CAR CANADA NAMES REGIONAL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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
FORD OF CANADA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
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.
November 9, 2016
ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS NAMES CORPORATE VP NORTH AMERICA OPERATIONS
Steve Tudela has been named Corporate Vice-President, North American Operations at Enterprise Holdings Inc., (EHI). Tudela will be overseeing the Canadian operations for EHI.
Tudela has been with Enterprise since 1994, he has held a variety of roles within the company in Canada and the United States including in Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario. He most recently led the company’s operations at its San Francisco, California subsidiary since 2015.
November 8, 2016
VOLVO CANADA NAMES NEW DIRECTOR
Mark McDade has been named Director of Dealer and Network Development at Volvo Car Canada Ltd.
He will be responsible for leading and coordinating network development activities within Canada, act as main contact for Volvo Canada in all aspects of the network, and be responsible for developing and maintaining a strong retailer network and implement the retail strategy.
McDade has over 20 years of automotive experience with OEMs in Canada, holding various positions in sales, marketing, regional management and network development. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Acadia University.
November 4, 2016
MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA MAKES MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENT
Billy Rodrigues.Mercedes-Benz Canada has made a series of management appointments, which will be effective January 1, 2017.
Billy Rodrigues takes over the role of National Manager, Pre-Owned, Fleet and Remarketing. He has been with Mercedes-Benz Canada since 2009 in the role of Central Region Manager.
Graham MacNab has been named Central Region Manager taking over for Rodrigues. He began work for Mercedes-Benz Canada as Pre-Owned Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz Markham
Graham MacNab.corporate retail store. He moved to head office in 2012 as Pre-Owned Sales Operations Manager, and was named National Pre-Owned Manager in 2014.
Christopher Goczan is appointed National Manager, Sales Operations and Distribution. He has been with Mercedes-Benz Canada since September 2005 as Product Manager. He became National Product Manager in 2009.
David Sherrard has been named to the role of National Manager, Product Management. He started with Mercedes-Benz Canada in 2009 as Product Manager. He became Manager, Sales Planning and Incentives in 2011 and
Christopher Goczan.National Manager, Sales Planning in 2013.
“Mercedes-Benz Canada is in an enviable position to have such competent and well-versed individuals within our existing workforce. In this particular case, it has allowed us to give four colleagues the opportunity to widen the breath of their expertise, while also tapping into a wealth of experience in their respective fields,” said Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada. “All of them have the energy and relevant knowledge that will allow them to hit the ground running to support the dealer network and fulfill
David Sherrard.our new and pre-owned sales as well as product planning requirements. I wish them all the best in their new endeavours.”
Billy Rodrigues, Graham MacNab and Chris Goczan will report to Gavin Allen, Vice-President, Sales, Mercedes-Benz Canada. David Sherrard will report to Virginie Aubert, Vice-President, Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Canada.
October 31, 2016
CANADIAN BLACK BOOK EXPANDS SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Canadian Black Book (CBB) has made changes to its front office. Cole Reiken has been named Vice-President of Digital Strategy and Products Management.
“We have an unmatched, dedicated team at Canadian Black Book, but these new additions to our senior management team will open doors for us to continue on our path of adaptation and innovation,” said Rome. “The auto business is in constant flux and the team we’ve assembled has been built to address the changing needs of our industry,” he adds.
Reiken has online and digital experience in both B2B and B2C segments. He has had roles in developing strategies for growing the capabilities and traffic of Kijiji.ca, Driving.ca, Auto Trader and eBay Motors.
"Canadian Black Book has shown time and again, its ability to see the opportunities within the industry and distribute its data and insights across multiple channels," said Reiken. “Having been in the office now for a few weeks, it’s obvious that I’m surrounded by keen auto industry talent, and this company’s direction towards innovative digital industry solutions, is abundantly clear to me.”
Richard Phillips has now become Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing, he joined CBB in late 2015 as a consultant. Phillips had worked on the agency side of the business for over 25 years, including spending time developing marketing and business strategies for OEMs.
“The future looks bright for Canadian Black Book. Locking up this calibre of automotive talent into one office, gives me enormous optimism about how effectively we can service Canada’s auto industry going forward,” said Rome.
Brian Murphy was named Vice-President of Research and Editorial a few months ago. The new hires join Allison Goodwin, Yves Varin, Yolanda Biswah and Dennis Cartier on the CBB senior management team.
October 24, 2016
KIA CANADA NAMES NEW MANAGER NATIONAL FLEET SALES
Stephanie Smith.Stephanie Smith has been named Manager, National Fleet Sales at Kia Canada Inc.
“I am very pleased to welcome Stephanie Smith to Kia Canada. Stephanie’s background and experience will be a tremendous asset to our organization,” said Ted Lancaster, Vice President and COO, Kia Canada Inc. “Her ability to connect with customers and colleagues means she will be able to move our fleet department in a positive direction now and on into the future.”
She brings over 13 years of fleet industry experience to the role. Smith was most recently Senior Account Executive, Fleet Management at a fleet management company.
“I’m very excited to start the next chapter of my professional career with Kia," said Smith. "I am anxious to work with such an exceptional product line and a dynamic group of people to exceed our customers and clients expectations.”
October 21, 2016
MOTOINSIGHT NAMES EXECUTIVE CHAIR
J. Raymond O'Kane has been appointed Executive Chair at Motoinsight. He has many years of automotive industry experience and was at BMO Bank of Montreal for 44 years, he most recently help the role of Vice President, OEM Strategy and Development, Automotive Finance, before retiring from the bank in July.
O’Kane will help in the continued growth and development of the company’s next generation MotoCommerce digital automotive retailing platform.
He was recently awarded the Industry Icon Award at the 2016 Canadian Black Book Golf Tournament.
October 21, 2016
ELEMENT NAMES CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
Michael Dolan has been named Chief Information Security Officer of the fleet management business at Element Financial Corporation. He will be responsible for managing the information security program and related initiatives.
"Element is a data-driven company of industry leaders who are inspired to transform the future," said John Wall, Chief Technology Officer, Element Fleet Management. "Michael's deep information security and legal background make him an excellent addition to our leadership team."
Dolan has been with Element since 2015 when it acquired GE Capital Fleet Services, where he had been since 2008.
"I'm pleased to take such a meaningful role within the Element Fleet Management team at this exciting time in our evolution," said Dolan. "Element is devoted to empowering our clients to deliver extraordinary results, and I couldn't be prouder of our commitment to advancing the fleet industry."
October 17, 2016
MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA NAMES VICE-PRESIDENTS
Gavin Allen.Gavin Allen has been named Vice-President, Sales at Mercedes-Benz Canada. Virginie Aubert has been promoted to the role of Vice-President, Marketing, which was held by Allen.
“As I have said repeatedly since I first joined the company earlier this year, we have a tremendously talented pool of employees and I am in a very fortunate situation to be able to quickly and aptly fill two critical jobs with two very accomplished, highly dedicated and well-proven individuals who happen to currently work mere metres from my office,” said Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada.
Virginie Aubert.“I congratulate both Gavin and Virginie and wish them all the best in their new endeavours. They are both very adaptable and highly dependable and I know that their current solid working relationship will continue to yield strong results in both their new areas of responsibility.”
Allen has been with Mercedes-Benz Canada since 2013, before that being with Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific. He has worked with the national sales team, entire dealer body, on programs and campaigns.
Aubert has been with Mercedes-Benz Canada since 2006. She has served in a number of roles, most recently as National Manager, Marketing Communications since August 2014.
October 7, 2016
MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA NAMES NEW VP MERCEDES-BENZ VANS
Nicolette Lambrechts.Nicolette Lambrechts has been named Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Vans effective January 1, 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Canada. She will be taking over for Pablo de la Peña who has returned to Mercedes-Benz España after over four years as VP of Mercedes-Benz Vans in Canada.
“While Mercedes-Benz only started to market and sell vans in Canada in 2010, we have seen significant growth over the last six years. During that time, our Sprinter and Metris Vans have received numerous Total Cost of Ownership and Best Residual Value awards,” said Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pablo and his team for the impressive infrastructure that has been built so far. I am very pleased to be welcoming Nicolette to this position. She brings with her many years of van-related knowledge and has experience that will undoubtedly help us sustain the strong momentum we have seen to date.”
Lambrechts has been Managing Director of the Vans Division at Mercedes-Benz South Africa, since January 2014. She has been with Daimler since 2001, where she began as a Graduate Trainee, and has held numerous roles within the organization.
“I am terribly excited to be making this career move to Canada,” said Lambrechts. “Not only does Mercedes-Benz Canada have a reputation for excellence on many fronts, I am looking forward to working closely with a great team of individuals, many of whom I have met over the years at global vans conferences. The exponential growth in sales numbers and the sound operational organization that has been put into place since the brand was introduced in Canada are truly impressive. I am very eager to combine the best practices that I have been exposed to in various markets throughout Africa, and to further grow the business in my newly-appointed area of responsibility.”
September 30, 2016
ARI MAKES EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT
Stephen Perkins.Stephen Perkins has been named Vice-President, Sales and Assistant General Manager at ARI Canada. Perkins has held leadership positions with several Fortune 500 companies including IBM and Hewlett-Packard, and Samsung where he served as the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for their Enterprise Business division.
Perkins brings sales strategy, product management and marketing experience to his new role. He will be tasked with continuing ARI’s growth across Canada while also providing additional leadership support throughout the organization.
“Stephen bring impressive business acumen to ARI and will provide a fresh perspective as we continue to evolve as an organization,” said Chris Conroy President, ARI. “As the industry’s technology leader, we are keenly aware that our business continues to develop and advance in the face of rapid change. Technology and people are ARI’s two greatest assets and we will continue to invest in both to meet the needs of our clients. The addition of Stephen is representative of these investments.”
September 30, 2016
KRISTI WEBB NAMED PRESIDENT OF AALA
Kristi Webb.The American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) Board of Directors has named Kristi Webb, President and CEO of Element Fleet Management, the President the AALA. She previously served as Vice President, State Government Affairs for the AALA. Webb succeeds Steven Bloom of Enterprise Holdings Inc.
AALA is a national (in the United States) industry association consisting of commercial automotive fleet leasing and management companies.
September 20, 2016
INDUSTRY ICON KATHY WARD TO RETIRE FROM CANADIAN BLACK BOOK
Kathy Ward, CBB receives a commendation from John Malcomson, Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation for the over $350,000 the Canadian Black Book Golf Tournament has raised for the charity over the years.The 19th annual Canadian Black Book (CBB) Charity Golf Tournament was the setting for Brad Rome, President, to announce Kathy Ward’s retirement.
Ward began working at CBB in 1980 as an office administrator and from there went on to establish a successful sales position within a male dominated industry.
“My father was a tremendous leader and such a positive influence on me and on my career. I learned early, the best methods of sales and marketing suited to Canadian Black Book,” said Ward. “I was so fortunate to experience that, but I had to be tough.”
In 2010, she oversaw the launch of CanadianBlackBook.com, where its data was released to consumers. This was a turning point as it helped to grow the company exponentially. “Kathy has the ability to find common ground in an instant,” said Brad Rome, President, CBB. “The relationships and leadership skills she brought to the table put this company in a position to continue to succeed.”
In 2015, she negotiated the sale of CBB to Hearst Business Media.
“As Kathy steps away from day-to-day operations, I know she is comforted by the fact that she is leaving Canadian Black Book in very capable hands with an energized management team and a thriving business that is well prepared for the future,” said Tom Cross, Executive Vice-President, Hearst Business Media. “Our sincere thanks go out to Kathy for her many years of exceptional leadership and to the Ward family for a partnership that has spanned over 55 years.”
September 19, 2016
PORSCHE FINANCIAL SERVICES CANADA NAMES PRESIDENT AND CEO
David Williams has been named President and CEO at Porsche Financial Services Canada. He has been with Porsche Financial since 2014 as Director of Sales and Operations.
“Announcing David as President and CEO of Porsche Financial Services Canada was a logical decision as he has proven to be a leader with the PFSC results garnered in a short period of time,” said Alexander Pollich, President and CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “As we continue to expand our business within Canada we are confident David, along with his team, will continue to elevate PFSC to new levels.”
Williams has over 20 years of automotive industry experience. He has worked for other OEMs, and has a BA in Economics from Bishop’s University.
“I’m honoured to be able to lead Porsche Financial Services Canada in an expanded capacity and excited for what the future has in store,” said Williams. “We have made impressive strides over the last two years and will continue to build on the momentum.”
September 19, 2016
JIM PATTISON LEASE NAMES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Wendy Ladd has been named Account Executive at Jim Pattison Lease in Toronto, Ontario. She has over 20 years of automotive leasing, fleet management and industry experience.
“Wendy has a passion for helping companies manage their fleet of vehicles, and for meeting new people and developing relationships along the way. Wendy will be a great asset to Jim Pattison Lease and I am excited to have her join our team”, said Kevin Sambleson, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Jim Pattison Lease.
September 19, 2016
UNICELL NAMES HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Hugh Martin has been named Head of Business Development for Canadian operations and as General Counsel for US business at Unicell. Hugh Martin is the son of Unicell President Roger Martin, and is the third generation of Martins in the truck body and equipment business.
“Growing up in Toronto, I would proudly point out Unicell trucks to my friends and say: ‘my dad made that truck.’ I’m excited to join Unicell and eager to contribute my talents and experience toward moving the company forward,” said Hugh Martin. “Hopefully in 10 years my own kids will be saying the same thing.”
Martin has previously worked as a lawyer in New York City, representing clients in the automotive industry, magazine wholesaling industry, fin-tech industry, among others. He is a New York-barred attorney and received law degrees from the University of Virginia and SciencesPo, in Paris. He has also spent time as an actor in New York City.
September 12, 2016
FORD CANADA NAMES FLEET SALES MANAGER EASTERN CANADA
Julie Ainsley has been named Fleet Sales Manager, Eastern Canada at Ford of Canada, effective October 1, 2016. Ainsley takes over for Benoit Lebeau, who is moving into a Sales Operation Management role in Quebec.
“After six exciting years as Marketing Manager for Ford in Québec, the time has come for me to pursue new challenges as the Fleet Sales Manager for the provinces of Quebec and the Maritimes,” said Ainsley. “Sales has always been part of my core and I look forward to returning to one of my past passions.”
September 9, 2016
MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA SENIOR EXECUTIVE JOINS ZANCHIN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Neal Bodack has been named General Manager and Partner at Mercedes-Benz Durham, a part of Zanchin Automotive Group. Bodack will also be a member of the senior leadership team at the Zanchin Automotive Group.
“It’s a bittersweet time for me at this juncture. I was at Mercedes-Benz Canada for most of my career and I absolutely loved working for the three-pointed star in various capacities at both the corporate retail and wholesale levels,” said Bodack. “The company grew exponentially during my tenure and I learned so much over the years. I am proud of what we collectively achieved while I was part of the executive team and I am very excited to be able to take over the helm of an already well-established, privately-owned dealership within the Mercedes-Benz Canada dealer network, and bring its overall performance to the next level. I also very much look forward to working with Joe and the Zanchin Automotive Group.”
Bodack has been with Mercedes-Benz Canada since 1988, holding a number of senior positions in both retail and wholesale capacities during his tenure, most recently as Vice-President, National Sales responsible for new and pre-owned sales, remarketing and corporate sales.
“Neal’s commitment to the success of the business, his determination, and his attention to detail have been the hallmarks of his career at Mercedes-Benz Canada for many years,” said Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada. “I’d like to thank Neal for his tremendous loyalty to the brand, to his various teams, to our customers, and to Mercedes-Benz Canada over the years. We wish him all the very best as he takes on this new challenge within our extended Mercedes-Benz family.”
September 6, 2016
PORSCHE CARS CANADA MAKE APPOINTMENTS
Thomas Illner has been named to the position of Director, Sales at Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. He takes over for Trevor Arthur, who has been named Vice-President, Area West for Porsche Cars North America.
Illner has held positions as Network Development and After Sales Director for Porsche Cars Canada for the past five years.
Also at Porsche, Scott Winhold has been named Director, Network Development. He was most recently Director of Sales at another OEM.
August 19, 2016
GM FLEET DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL CHANGES
General Motors Canada Fleet and Commercial Department has announced the following changes. Doran Cammaert has been appointed to the position of Fleet Account Manager for the Western Region. He will be replacing Scott Downie who has elected to retire after 31 years of service.
Cammaert was formerly a Fleet Manager at Weatherford Canada. He brings years of sales and management experience. He will report to Roberto Carvalho, National Sales and Marketing Manager, GM Canada Fleet and Commercial Sales
August 19, 2016
VOLVO CAR CANADA ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES
Volvo Car Canada Ltd., has made organizational changes to its sales and customer service departments.
Carol Kitchen, currently Vice-President Customer Service, will retire September 1, 2017 after 30 years with the company.
Daniel Martin, currently Vice-President Network Development will become Customer Service Director for Volvo Canada effective September 1, 2016. Martin has been in the automotive industry since 2001, and has been with Volvo since 2013.
Hugues Bissonnette, has been appointed Director of Sales Operations. He was most recently, Regional Operations Manager, Eastern Canada. He began is automotive career in 1997 with Volvo Canada.
August 19, 2016
TRADEREV NAME MANAGER OF OPERATIONS FOR CANADA
John Farquharson has been named manager of operations for Canada at TradeRev.
Farquharson will be responsible for overseeing the support and arbitration departments and administrative operations throughout Canada. He will also be responsible for developing and improving processes that deliver customer service, as well as creating efficiencies that allow operations to be scalable with business growth.
“John brings more than 25 years of experience in the wholesale auto auction industry, along with an impressive track record and exceptional leadership skills that will be a true value add to our team,” said Mark Endras, Founder and CEO, TradeRev. “John’s involvement in industry associations and his profound understanding and passion of the industry will be crucial in our efforts to further satisfy our growing customer base throughout Canada.”
Farquharson has previous experience working at Manheim, where he held a variety of positions, including general manager, auction manager, assistant general manager, fleet and lease manager, corporate sales manager as well as arbitration manager. Before joining TradeRev he was director of sales and business development at Aucline.
August 19, 2016
KAR AUCTION SERVICES NAMES VP ENTERPRISE OPTIMIZATION
Tim Massingale has been named Vice-President of Enterprise Optimization at KAR Auction Services, Inc. Massingale will report to David Vignes, Executive Vice-President of Enterprise Optimization, KAR.
“This promotion is a testament to the bench strength of talented professionals we have across the KAR group of companies,” said Vignes. “I am pleased to have a seasoned executive like Tim with more than 16 years of in-house and automotive experience join our team. His extensive knowledge and leadership skills will be a true asset and will contribute greatly to the continued success of KAR,” said Vignes.
In his new role, Massingale will be part of the enterprise optimization team. He will also oversee the company’s safety training programs, and lead the team responsible for compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations.
August 12, 2016
FOSS NATIONAL LEASING MAKE APPOINTMENTS
Basil Marcus has been named Manager of Business Development at Foss National Leasing. He will be responsible for the expansion of existing and new market segments.
“I am very excited to be joining the experienced team at Foss National Leasing. The company has a very clear vision on the future of fleet management and business vehicle solutions and I am really looking forward to be spearheading many of these initiatives,” said Marcus. "I look forward to investing in the success of our clients by first taking the time to understand their business goals and objectives and then prescribe a tailored strategic solution unique to their needs. It is a great time to be in the fleet business.”
Steve Cardoso has been named Remarketing Coordinator at Foss National Leasing, he will report directly to Remarketing Manager Claudio DeAngelis. He has experience having worked for BMO, Canadian National Rail and most recently at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Cardoso studied Economics at Glendon, a bilingual campus of York University.
“I am thrilled to be in an industry in which I love what I’m doing and look forward to work every day,” said Cardoso. "I hope the future here is as bright as the present.”
August 12, 2016
ELEMENT FINANCIAL CORPORATION EXPANDS FLEET MANAGEMENT TRUCK AND EQUIPMENT TEAM
Element Financial Corporation has announced the expansion of its Fleet Management Truck and Equipment team.
"The expanded Element Fleet Truck and Equipment team puts together a group of talented industry veterans who will continue delivering and empowering extraordinary results for our clients," said Mike Quimby, General Manager, Truck and Equipment.
Don Davis, is named Regional Vice-President, Southwest, Truck Sales. Davis has over 25 years experience in the transportation finance/fleet management industry. Jeff Holtshopple, is named Regional Vice-President, West, Truck Sales. Holtshopple brings over 20 years of finance industry experience. Larry Galasso, is named Regional Vice-President, Northeast, Truck Sales. Galasso brings over two decades of industry experience to Element.
Don Bailey, is named Residual Value Manager. Bailey brings extensive analytical and strategic financial planning experience to the Element team. Naeem Morris, is named Regional Vice-President, Midwest, Truck Sales. Morris spent the last two years as Senior Vice-President, Sales at GE Capital Fleet Services (now Element Fleet Management) managing high profile clients with an impressive 100 per cent retention rate.
Steve Byrd, CTP, is named Manager, Truck Services. Byrd has over three decades of transportation experience, with 10 years working at Element. Paola Bennett, is named Manager, Business Development. As manager of Business Development, Bennett will focus on assisting the team in the growth and maintenance of key accounts and manage the efforts of streamlining the reporting and data collection. An Element employee for four years, she previously served with the Strategic Consulting organization.
Brad Hewitt, is named Vice-President, National Accounts. Hewitt has worked in truck sales for Element since 2002 and recently earned a promotion to vice president. Hewitt is the reigning Element Sales Executive of the Year, a distinction he has earned for three consecutive years.
July 19, 2016
ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENT
Eliot Bensel has been promoted to the role of Vice-President, Technical Sales and Advisory Services, at Element Fleet Management, within their Risk, Safety and Accident Management organization.
Bensel has been with Element for nearly 25 years and has held several leadership roles. His automotive industry experience includes stints at larger dealership chains. He holds accreditations including ICAR and ASE Master Technical certifications.
July 11, 2016
JACK CRAWFORD TAYLOR: APRIL 14, 1922 – JULY 2, 2016
Jack Crawford Taylor, founder of Enterprise Holdings Inc., has passed away at the age of 94. Taylor was a US Navy fighter pilot in World War II, and founded Enterprise in 1957 (then called Executive Leasing).
Jack Crawford Taylor.
“My father took a simple idea and created a great company,” said Andrew C. Taylor, Jack Taylor’s son and Enterprise Holdings’ current executive chairman. “We will miss him. But we will honor his memory every day as we live the values he instilled in our company – taking excellent care of our customers, encouraging and supporting each other and giving back to our communities.”
Taylor was born on April 14, 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is survived by son Andrew C. Taylor, and daughter Jo Ann Taylor Kindle, five granddaughters, and two great-granddaughters.
Many members of the Taylor family are involved in EHI management. Andrew Taylor is the Executive Chairman, Jo Ann Taylor Kindle is the President of Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Christine Taylor (granddaughter of Jack Taylor) is Executive Vice-President and COO, and Carolyn Kindle-Betz (granddaughter of Jack Taylor) is Vice President and Executive Director – Enterprise Holdings Foundation.
For more on Jack Taylor visit: jacktaylorremembered.com.
June 13, 2016
CARPROOF NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
Mark Rousseau has been named President at CarProof. Rousseau will oversee ongoing efforts to expand the scope of information reported to CarProof, develop vehicle history products and grow awareness of the CarProof brand. He will report to Dick Raines, President of Carfax.
“Mark’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge will make him a key addition to the CarProof team,” said Raines. I’m confident that with Mark’s guidance the company will continue their tradition of helping Canadians make better decisions about the used cars they buy and sell.”
CarProof will continue to operate as a standalone company.
June 7, 2016
EMKAY NAMES MAINTENANCE ADVISOR
David Sanford has been named as Maintenance Advisor at EMKAY Inc. He will be responsible for the management and authorization of maintenance repairs and service work. Consulting with EMKAY’s clients on their maintenance policy and programs to optimize the use of their assets.
Sanford has over 20 years fleet management company experience, holding positions as maintenance technician, team lead and vendor analyst.
“I’m very excited to join the EMKAY team, the company has a terrific technology platform that allows for a great vendor experience,” said Sanford. “Delivering exceptional service to our suppliers and clients is the top priority for the maintenance team and it is great to be a part of.”
June 6, 2016
EMKAY INC NAMES VICE-PRESIDENT CLIENT SERVICE AND OPERATIONS
Greg Grant has been named Vice-President Client Service and Operations at EMKAY Inc. He will be responsible for leading the customer service and operations teams in Canada that support EMKAY’s strategic growth plans.
Grant has over 20 years experience in the fleet industry working at other major fleet management companies, holding positions in customer service and senior management.
“I am honored to be joining the great team at EMKAY. The company has a very sound business and service model, backed by outstanding technology and consulting tools,” said Grant. “The company has done a tremendous job investing in the business, our clients, supplier relations and our employees. I look forward to supporting the strategic plans of the business, delivering exceptional value to our clients and continuing on path that has made EMKAY so successful.”
June 6, 2016
SUBARU CANADA APPOINTMENT
Brigitte Lamoureux has been named to the position of Coordinator, Fleet (bilingual) at Subaru Canada Inc., (SCI).
She has been with SCI for just under a year in the customer experience department.
She has a background in customer service with Air Canada, preceded by a Sales, Business Mgmt. and Customer Care position at Harley Davidson.
She will be transitioning to the fleet department in June.
May 27, 2016
VOLVO CAR CANADA LTD NAMES MARKETING DIRECTOR
Mary McNeill has been named Marketing Director at Volvo Car Canada Ltd. McNeill will be responsible for global strategy execution in Canada, development of marketing activities supporting sales objectives, product launch execution, media planning, event management, public relations and implementation of digital and social media strategies for Volvo Canada.
McNeill has over 17 years of marketing experience including time with several automotive brands. McNeill has a Bachelor degree from York University and has completed executive marketing courses with Schulich School of Business.
May 18, 2016
HINO MOTORS CANADA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
Yumiko Kawamura has been appointed as President of Hino Motors Canada, Ltd. Kawamura takes over from Shuichi Kaneko, who has been assigned to the role of General Manager of Hino Motors Ltd., Europe and Africa Division.
She has over 20 years of experience with Hino Motors, Ltd. (Japan) and maintains extensive knowledge of selling and marketing Hino products to the North American market. Most recently, Kawamura was Group Leader of the Asia Oceania Market for Hino Motors, Ltd.
May 16, 2016
ADESA MAKES APPOINTMENTS
Paul Lips has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer at ADESA U.S. He now leads the entire U.S. auction operations group, which is being realigned from two to four regional groups.
“At ADESA, we are continually developing new strategies to ensure our customers have the best auction experience possible. The launch of four regions in place of two will enable us to further satisfy our customers’ needs, and better leverage our resources and multiple assets at KAR Auction Services,” said Stéphane St-Hilaire, CEO and President, ADESA. “Paul is a proven innovator and leader who has consistently strengthened our operations since joining the company nearly two decades ago. His unique blend of financial and operational expertise will be essential to driving this exciting change.”
Lips has held a variety of management roles since joining ADESA in 1996, most recently as executive vice president of operations and finance.
As a result of the new realignment, two new regional vice presidents have been named.
Jay Hinchman, was named vice president of U.S. auction operations in the new Midwest region. Hinchman has more than 20 years of experience in the auto remarketing industry.
Geoff Parker was named regional vice president of U.S. auction operations in the new Mideast region. Parker started his ADESA career in 2003 as the national accounts manager for ADESA Dallas.
Doug Shore was named senior vice president of auction operations and will oversee new auction integration and capital allocation.
May 16, 2016
NEW PRESIDENT AT ISUZU COMMERCIAL TRUCK
Shaun C. Skinner, President of Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada, will now become President of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA). Most recently Skinner was Executive Vice-President and GM of ICTA. He replaces Hisao Sasaki, who will return to Isuzu Motors Limited in Japan.
“After a 29-year career with Isuzu and more than eight years as executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Mr. Skinner is being promoted to drive our relationship with our dealers and our customers even closer as we look to become more market- and customer-focused in the future,” said Shigeji Sugimoto, Chairman, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
Skinner joined American Isuzu Motors Inc., in June 1987, and moved to the company’s commercial vehicle division in 2002.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work more closely with our dealers and our customers as we come off a record sales year and as we look forward to launching the exciting new FTR next year,” said Skinner.
May 12, 2016
ADESA CANADA MAKES MANAGEMENT CHANGES
Adesa Canada, business unit of KAR Auction Services, has made changes to its auction management teams at ADESA Ottawa, ADESA Toronto and ADESA Halifax.
Scott Rennie has been named GM at ADESA Ottawa. He has been with ADESA for a number of years, most recently as Assistant GM of ADESA Toronto.
Richard Kennedy has been named Assistant GM at ADESA Toronto. He has been with ADESA Toronto since 1999, serving in a variety of roles. He was most recently GM of ADESA Halifax.
Kennedy will also work with all Canadian auctions to ensure consistency and superior customer service experiences in arbitration matters as Director of Arbitration.
James Murphy has been named GM of ADESA Halifax. He has been with ADESA Halifax since 2006, and was most recently Assistant GM.
“Scott, Richard and James are all outstanding talents in the auction industry. Scott and Richard each have more than 20 years of experience providing premium auction service throughout Canada, and James’ contributions to ADESA Halifax during the past 10 years he has been there have made a positive and meaningful difference to our customers,” said Trevor Henderson, COO, ADESA Canada. “We are always working to strengthen our offerings to better support our robust, nationwide buyer base. Scott, Richard and James are all strong, innovative leaders who will help us consistently deliver excellent service not only in their respective major markets, but across our entire Canadian footprint.”
April 25, 2016
HYUNDAI CANADA MAKES APPOINTMENTS
Scott Campbell has been appointed Fleet and Remarketing Program Coordinator for Hyundai Canada. His responsibilities will be to support the continued expansion and development of Hyundai’s Fleet Services Department. Campbell has been with Hyundai since 2015, when he was named Traffic and Distribution Analyst for the Central Zone Operation.
Joel Gregory has been appointed Manager of Remarketing and Certified Pre-Owned.
Gregory has been in the Canadian automobile industry for 25 years. He has field sales and remarketing experience with an OEM and TD Auto Finance.
Both will be located at Hyundai Canada’s Head Office in Markham, Ontario.
April 18, 2016
RACEWAY AUTO GROUP NAMES FLEET MANAGER
Gordon and Reg Nimeck are proud to welcome Eric Jansson to the Raceway Auto Group representing Oakville and Galt Chrysler as Fleet Manager. He will apply his 20 plus years of experience in the automotive industry. Jansson looks forward to building a strong long lasting relationship to help secure any and all fleet needs.
April 8, 2016
MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
Brian D. Fulton has been named President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada effective May 1, 2016, succeeding Gareth T. Joyce.
Brian D. Fulton.
Fulton is currently Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) and a member of the Daimler Financial Services (DFS) Americas region Operating Committee (OC). He will report to Dietmar Exler, President and CEO, MBUSA and NAFTA Regional Head.
“We are excited to welcome Brian in this important role. His hard work and extensive experience in several markets around the world, including Canada, will serve the Mercedes-Benz Canada organization, its dealers and its customers extremely well,” said Exler. “I take this opportunity to thank Gareth for a job well done. Despite his short sojourn at Mercedes-Benz Canada, he most definitely earned a huge amount of respect from his dealers and employees and managed to launch and implement important projects and programs. We all wish him well in his new endeavours.”
“I am thrilled to be coming back to Canada and honoured to be leading the great Mercedes-Benz Canada team which has been the driving force behind the company’s unprecedented growth over the past decade. In my previous tenure at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada, I had the opportunity to work closely with Mercedes-Benz Canada colleagues,” said Fulton. “The relationship was very productive and many new customer-minded programs and processes were implemented during that time. Armed with this invaluable knowledge and the subsequent rewarding experiences in the various positions I have held, I very much look forward to building upon what my predecessors have accomplished since I left.”
April 8, 2016
ADESA NAMES VP HUMAN RESOURCES
J. Marty Nowlin has been named Vice-President of Human Resources at ADESA. Nowlin will also lead the company’s team of human resources professionals throughout North America.
J. Marty Nowlin.
“Marty is a veteran leader with a successful track record in the HR field and proven collaboration skills that will help take our company to the next level and ultimately achieve a high level of credibility as an effective and responsive business partner,” said Stéphane St-Hilaire, President and CEO, ADESA. “We are excited to welcome Marty to the team, and we are confident that he will be a positive driving force for our ADESA human resources operations throughout the United States.”
Nowlin will develop and execute all human resources strategies in support of the overall business plan and direction of the company. Responsibilities will include talent management, succession planning and the company’s training and development programs.
March 31, 2016
JIM PATTISON LEASE NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
Michael Rusch has been named to the role of President at Jim Pattison Lease.
Rusch has been with Jim Pattison Group since 1995 and with Jim Pattison Lease in increasing roles of responsibility since 2009, most recently as Chief Financial Officer. Rusch will contribute his expertise and industry knowledge to the strategic and operational direction of Jim Pattison Lease.
Rusch succeeds Steve Akazawa as President, who has been with the Company for over 30 years. In that time Jim Pattison Lease has grown into a national Canadian operation with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.
Prior to Akazawa’s upcoming retirement, he will be leading the new partnership between Jim Pattison Lease and Location Park Avenue. Location Park Avenue is based in Montreal, Quebec and is one of the largest in-house long term vehicle leasing businesses in Quebec.
March 31, 2016
MAZDA CANADA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
Masaharu Kondo has been named President at Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI), effective April 1, 2016. He takes over from Shusuke "Kory" Koreeda, who is moving to Mazda North American Operations.
Kondo has been with Mazda for 28 years in a variety of executive roles, most recently as Deputy General Manager of Global Sales & Marketing Division at Mazda Motor Corporation (MC),
"I would like to express my gratitude to Kory for his leadership and the contributions he has made to Mazda in Canada,” said Akira Marumoto, Executive Vice President; Assistant to President; Oversight of Operations in the Americas and Corporate Planning Domain for Mazda Motor Corporation. “I am confident that Kondo's wealth of international experience will ensure continued success in Canada and help take the company into the next phase of our global strategy."
March 31, 2016
CANADIAN BLACK BOOK NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT
Brian Murphy has been appointed as Vice-President of Research and Editorial at Canadian Black Book (CBB). Murphy takes over from Josh Bailey, effective April 12.
“Josh has been a mainstay at CBB for many years and his very valuable contributions will be missed. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” said Brad Rome, President, CBB.
Murphy has a wealth of automotive experience, with five years at J.D. Power, as well as holding product planning, pricing, market research and marketing/advertising management positions for two OEMs.
“As Canadian Black Book’s new lead analyst, Brian will direct internal CBB efforts to help media, stakeholders and industry keep a pulse on the foremost Canadian automotive trends, building on CBB’s 50-plus years as Canada’s leading vehicle values provider," said Rome. "His prior positions in product management and marketing in the telecommunications sector bode well for the continued expansion of CBB’s digital solutions and I know that Brian will play a significant role supporting the growth and evolution of our business into the future,” added Rome.
Murphy holds a Bachelor in Administrative and Commercial Studies from University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University.
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