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August 22, 2014
Reid Bigland has been appointed Head of Alfa Romeo Brand for the NAFTA division. He will continue as President and CEO of Chrysler Canada and Head of U.S. Sales. Bigland will continue to be a member of the NAFTA Leadership Team as well as the Fiat Chrysler Group Executive Council (GEC).
Robert Hegbloom replaces Bigland to Head the Ram Truck Brand. Hegbloom also becomes a member of the NAFTA Leadership Team.
“I am delighted to be able to announce these appointments. Reid has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in managing Chrysler’s consistent rise in sales and market share in both Canada and the U.S.,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group and CEO of Fiat S.p.A. “The addition of Alfa Romeo to his portfolio of responsibilities is an indication of how committed we are to the establishment of this brand in the North American market, a process that has already started with the introduction of the Alfa Romeo 4C. Much more is expected from this brand in the next few years as outlined in our five-year plan presented on May 6, 2014, and Reid’s seniority and experience are ideal for the significant task that is now getting underway.
“Reid has been working intensely with Bob in the establishment of the Ram Truck Brand after separation from Dodge, and it is appropriate that Bob now be given the opportunity to continue and intensify the work started by Reid.
“These appointments are a clear reflection of the value we at Chrysler place on people development and the nurturing of leadership skills. Both Reid and Bob have grown tremendously as leaders in the last five years, and the time has come for them to have expanded leadership roles.”
August 22, 2014
Matt McGowan is now Director, Regional/Municipal Sales, including truck dealers and small fleets at Auto Truck Group. Corey Stanley now holds responsibility as Director, National Account Fleet Sales. Prior to these appointments, McGowan was Director, Eastern Region, Stanley was Director, Account Management.
"Matt and Corey bring deep experience and proven track records to their new roles at Auto Truck Group," said Dennis Jones, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Auto Truck Group. "These sales leaders will help position Auto Truck Group for continued success in the ever-evolving work truck upfit market."
August 15, 2014
Chris Isac joins the Foss National Leasing team as a Vehicle Maintenance Technician. He has been in the automotive business for 40 years and holds 310S/310T truck and coach technician licenses. Isac has been a vehicle maintenance technician for the past 15 years and was an automotive mechanic before that.
July 29, 2014
Element Fleet Management has appointed an executive team following the approval of its purchase of PHH Arval. Jim Halliday has been appointed President North America; the role he played at PHH.
Halliday had been with PHH Arval since 2003 and had several senior leadership responsibilities including President of PHH Arval’s Canadian fleet operations. Halliday has more than 20 years experience in business development, operations and management of financial services and information management.
Patricia Furgiuele has been appointed President Canada. Her responsibilities include overall performance and oversight of Canadian operations. Furgiuele joined PHH since in 2011 as Canadian Finance Leader, and was Vice-President of Business Development. Most recently, Furgiuele was Senior Vice-President and General Manager for Canada at PHH.
Chris Gittens is Senior Vice-President and Chief Business Development Officer for Canada. He will lead Canadian sales and client teams and is responsible for commercial activities and execution, including sales opportunities and creating/maintaining strong customer relationships.
Gittens joined GE Capital in 2004 and then GE Capital Fleet Services in 2008. He held positions of increasing responsibilities focused on sales, business development, and customer relationships.
Sumair Mirza is Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Canada. He will oversee functional and program services coordination and integration. Mirza joined GE in 2003 and has been with the fleet industry for 10 years developing a broad range of experience in marketing, operations, strategic consulting, sourcing, strategic initiatives, and product development.
Also, Sudha Dwivedi is appointed Vice-President, Human Resources, Canada leading the HR function for Canada and responsible for developing and executing Element’s human resources strategies in the areas of talent management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation.
July 22, 2014
Glenn Brillinger has been appointed Account Executive for the Pacific Region with Jim Pattison Lease. Brillinger has more than 15 years experience in a variety of sales and executive management roles including with the Automotive Group with Pattison.
Jessie Lail has been appointed Account Executive at the Calgary branch office in Alberta. He brings over 10 years of Sales and Account Management experience.
July 15, 2014
Two new Western Canadian Strategic Account Managers have been appointed by ARI. Tim Kuss joins ARI with more than 22 years experience in fleet, equipment, transportation, logistics and procurement management within both public and private sectors. He is located at ARI’s Edmonton, Alberta office.
Dave Holdsworth has over 14 years client service and account management experience, he joins ARI’s Vancouver, British Columbia Strategic Account Management team.
Kuss and Holdsworth join ARI’s group of 18 Strategic Account Managers across Canada.
July 15, 2014
Danny Fayad has been named Vice-President of Sales and Business Development for Manheim Canada, he will report to Mike McKinney, Regional Vice-President of Operations, East.
“We’re excited to have the experience and strong leadership of Danny on our Canadian team,” said McKinney. “Danny’s wealth of knowledge about the market and auction operations along with his dealer background, bring a great perspective as we continue to develop products and bring new tools to the Canadian marketplace.”
Fayad’s responsibility for commercial and dealer account teams in Canada will focus on resolutions that enhance the customer experience. Fayad has over 30 years experience in the automotive industry and insight into dealer needs spanning both wholesale and retail operations.
“This is a great opportunity to help build new solutions for both buyers and sellers in Canada,” said Fayad. “Having local market expertise and being backed by the resources of the worlds’ largest auto remarketer provides a unique advantage, and allows me to drive results for our customers.”
July 15, 2014
Angie Gates has been appointed Vice-President of Syndications, Truck Division at LeasePlan USA. She will be responsible for managing syndication activity for LeasePlan’s truck division.
Gates joined LeasePlan in 2004 when she was responsible for generating documents for originated leases and assignment documents for leases to be syndicated.
“Angie's experience and expertise will contribute to the continued growth of the Truck Division,” said John Jaje, Executive Vice-President, LeasePlan USA truck division. “As a provider of leasing solutions to many of the largest U.S. based Fortune 500 companies, syndication sales are a critical part of our business model. We look forward to the innovative approach Angie will bring to our business.”
In addition, Chris Meeks has been named Senior Syndication Coordinator.
June 17, 2014
Trevor Henderson assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer for Adesa Canada. He will report to Stephane St-Hilaire, President and CEO, Adesa.
“Our success in this marketplace is a direct result of our experienced leadership team on the ground in Canada,” said St-Hilaire. “This appointment further represents our commitment to our Canadian customers and allows us to build upon an already strong history.”
Henderson has been with Adesa since 2002 and has held various positions with the company. Until his appointment as COO, he served as managing director of Openlane Canada, and executive vice president of operations for Nightingale.
“Trevor has vast institutional knowledge of the auction business. He has proven to be a strong leader and has previously demonstrated his ability to grow our Internet-based remarking platforms. He will play an integral role developing new products and technology initiatives for our customers and our company,” said St-Hilaire.
June 2, 2014
Gary Anderson has been named Senior Vice-President and Chief Business Development Officer for North America at PHH Arval. He will focus on growing PHH Arval’s North American business enhancing services for new and existing customers.
“Placing the interests of customers first is one of our core values,” said Jim Halliday, President, PHH Arval. “Gary will continue to ensure a high level of customer engagement, while supporting our commitment to driving new sales, providing enhanced technology tools, delivering proactive truck consultation, increasing adoption of telematics, and advancing asset management capabilities for material handling equipment.”
In other appointments, Michele Cunningham has been named Senior Vice-President Strategic Development and Bob Sandler has been named Senior Vice-President Customer Experience and Enterprise Consulting.
“These promotions and organizational changes highlight our sustained commitment to growth and innovation, and reinforce the PHH strategies and solutions that drive our customers business forward,” said Halliday.
May 27, 2014
Hans Blesse has been named President and CEO of BMW Group Canada. He replaces Eduardo Villaverde, and will be based in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Blesse was most recently Vice-President BMW Motorrad USA, and he began his career with BMW in 1987 at BMW Canada. Blesse has been involved with sales, marketing, aftersales and training with the BMW Group around the world, including Canada, Spain, Germany and the United States.
Kris Odwarka succeeds Hans Blesse as Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.
“I want to thank Eduardo for his years of service to BMW Group and we all wish him well in his new endeavors,” said Ludwig Willisch, Chairman and CEO, BMW Group Region Americas. “For Hans Blesse, his new role in Canada will be a homecoming of sorts and I know he will do well in our very important Canadian market. Kris Odwarka has a great passion for motorcycles and he is excited about leading BMW Motorrad and we are expecting great results.”
May 6, 2014
Carole Senecal has been appointed Vice-President of Sales, Canada for EMKAY Canada. Senecal has been with EMKAY since 2012 functioning as Strategic Director for Eastern Canada. She is currently managing EMKAY’s Eastern Canadian region staff, and will now add responsibilities for management of the Canadian sales team across Canada.
“Carole’s professional sales experience will serve her well in her new role at EMKAY,” sais Paul Turner, President, EMKAY Canada. “Her positive attitude and no nonsense approach has helped her earn this well deserved promotion.”
April 28, 2014
Jeff Morton has been appointed Fleet Lease and Marketing Manager at Ford of Canada. He replaces Randy Jenish, who is now Regional Sales Manager, Vehicles.
Morton joined Ford in 1979 after graduating from the the Ivey Business School. He has held several sales and marketing roles over the past 35 years; previous fleet responsibilities include National Daily Rental Manager and RCL Remarketing Manager. Morton has also been involved in Marketing with responsibilities for Consumer and Dealer websites, direct marketing, online advertising and Dealership Vehicle, Parts and Service Non-Technical training.
“Randy Jenish did a great job building relationships with our Fleet and Leasing customers,” said Morton. “I look forward to enhancing those relationships and helping ensure all our customers’ needs are met.”
April 21, 2014
Peter Cornu has been appointed Fleet Account Manager for the Ontario region at General Motors. He replaces Joe Fiocca, who is retiring. Cornu has more than 21 Years’ experience at GM ranging from operations – GMAC financial experience, Retail Trainer, GMCL District Manager in Sales and Service, Retail Integration Manager, Marketing Manager GM Parts, and most recently Sponsorship Exhibits & Auto Show Manager.
Doug Reimer has been named Fleet Account Manager for Western Canada. Reimer has over 20 years in the automotive industry ranging from dealer operations to sales.
April 15, 2014
Donald Romano will be promoted to President and CEO of Hyundai Canada on May 1. Steve Kelleher, the present CEO will retire after 28 years with Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. Kelleher has been President and CEO since 2002.
“It’s with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride that I am able to announce my retirement from Hyundai Auto Canada,” said Kelleher. “Working for Hyundai in Canada has been an incredibly rewarding, exciting, and challenging experience. My retirement is something I have been working toward for some time and am able to make this step because we have found the right person in Don Romano to take Hyundai to the next level of success.”
Romano joined Hyundai Auto Canada on January 6 after over 29 years of experience in the automotive sector through senior positions in Canada, the United States, and overseas representing Nissan, Mazda, and Toyota. Specifically, Romano was President of Mazda Canada from 2006 to 2012.
“On behalf of all the Hyundai employees and dealers that have worked with Mr. Kelleher over the years, I would like to thank him for his visionary guidance,” said Romano. “The single best way we can honour his investment of time and energy is to dedicate ourselves to our business and ensure Hyundai continues to succeed. He has led us on a path to new heights and it’s now our responsibility to continue that trend.”
“We would like to recognize Mr. Kelleher’s unparalleled service to the Hyundai brand and congratulate him on a truly exceptional career,” said Tak Uk Im, Executive Vice-President and COO, Head of International Operations Division, Hyundai Motor Company. “Due to his courage and skilled leadership, Hyundai grew remarkably and emerged as a leader in Canada. For 28 years he served with honour, distinction, and the strength of character. We are, and shall remain, forever grateful.”
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