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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.”
April 7, 2014
John Higginson has joined Wheels, as Chief Technology Officer and will head Wheels’ information technology departments. He has more than 23 years of eCommerce experience, and will be responsible for developing and managing Wheels’ client-facing applications, systems infrastructure and security, telecommunications, internal networks, and business continuance functions.
“John has an impressive level of experience and expertise in designing user-centric systems that feature an optimal blend of performance, sustainability and intuitiveness,” said Dan Frank, President, Wheels Services. “We are excited to see the ways his dynamic creativity and versatility will help us continue to deliver innovative IT solutions for our clients, employees and vendors.”
April 7, 2014
Christine Clayton has been named to ARI Canada’s senior management team as Director of Client Services. She has over a decade of senior level client relations experience, recently as Director, Client Service Excellence for an international Professional Services firm.
Clayton will be located at ARI’s Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.
March 26, 2014
Will Sherman has been named Commercial fleet manager at Mills Motors Buick GMC in Oshawa, Ontario. Sherman has more than 10 years industry experience, and will manage the fleet and new Business Elite departments.
“We are delighted to have Will’s energy and experience to lead our dedicated team of commercial sales and service specialists,” said Jason Craine, President, Mills Motors.
March 11, 2014
Min Kun (M.K.) Kim has been appointed President and CEO at Kia Canada Inc. (KCI). He has more than 28 years industry experience with Kia and Hyundai. Kim comes back to Canada to take up the position, having served as Deputy General Manager at Hyundai Auto Canada for five years starting in 1995.
Min Kun (M.K.) Kim.
“I am excited to return to Canada for the second time in my career while also having the opportunity to lead Kia Canada in this new capacity,” said M.K. Kim, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kia Canada Inc. “Kia Canada has made tremendous gains in the Canadian market over the last fifteen years and I am looking forward assisting in further growth as we progress into the future.”
Kim was most recently Chief Executive Coordinator at Kia Motors America in Irvine, California. He also served as President for the Middle East and Africa Regions for Kia and as President and CEO for Kia Motors Australia.
March 3, 2014
Jim Forbom retires after 24 years with Foss National Leasing (FNL). Jim began his career in the fleet management industry in 1979. During 24 years with FNL, Jim held a variety of responsibilities: with Foss in sales in 1990, advancing to Manager of Customer Support after five years, then responsible for a range of positions in operations and client services culminating in his present position from which he will retire, as FNL Vice-President, Sales and Client Services.
“Jim has made significant contribution to the business and the industry over the years and has remained a faithful, dedicated leader, providing leadership, customer focus and humour to his team and colleagues,” said Jeff Hartley, President, FNL. "Jim and his wife Monica have decided to begin their next phase of their lives with a kick off trip to Florida right after his last day with us on Thursday, March 6. We wish Jim and Monica all the best as they begin the next chapter of their life.”
March 3, 2014
Andy Craig has been appointed Director, Canada Operations at Isuzu Commercial Truck Inc. Craig’s responsibilities involve Isuzu’s day-to-day operations and reinforcing the company’s involvement in the Canadian market.
Craig has over 30 years of automotive and commercial/medium duty truck experience. He has held responsibilities in sales, service, commercial fleet, training and marketing; and has spent time with General Motors of Canada.
“With Isuzu commercial truck sales up over 20 per cent in 2013, there is great momentum to build upon for 2014,” said Craig. “Our dealer network continues to advance, offering greater sales potential and service coverage for our customers.”
March 3, 2014
Naomi Kislanski has been appointed Coordinator, Fleet and Special Events (Bilingual) at Subaru Canada Inc., in the Fleet Department. She will be based at Subaru’s Mississauga, Ontario Head Office. She brings a strong background in customer support and has worked extensively with retailers across Canada. Kislanski will work with Subaru dealers and fleet customers.
Her responsibilities will include fleet vehicle ordering and tracking, trades, administration of the courtesy car, and selected other fleet related Incentive programs.
February 25, 2014
David Thornton joins Foss National Leasing as Sales Director Eastern Canada.
Thornton has over 19 years fleet management experience with senior management responsibilities in new business development, customer implementation, account management and operations.
February 24, 2014
Jim Halliday has been named President of PHH Arval.
"I'm pleased to announce Jim's appointment," said Glen Messina, President and CEO, PHH Corporation. "Jim has a deep understanding of our Fleet business, and I am confident that, under his leadership, PHH Arval will sustain and build on its position as an industry leader."
Halliday has been with PHH Arval since 2003 and has held several senior leadership roles including President of PHH Arval's Canadian fleet operations. He has over 20 years experience in business development, operations and management in financial services and information management.
"I'm honored to have been chosen to lead PHH Arval," said Halliday. "Our unwavering commitment to customer service, product innovation and operational excellence has helped to establish us as a leader in the fleet management services industry. I look forward to PHH Arval continuing to deliver industry leading customer service and proactive solutions to our customers and their drivers."
February 24, 2014
Roger Smith, Executive Director, Fleet Challenge was appointed to the board of Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) at the organization’s recent conference and board meeting. He will co-chair the new EMC Fleet Sector Advisory Council with Paul-Yvan Deschênes of the Centre de Gestion pour Equipement Roulant (CGER).
As a fleet management consultant, Smith has carried out projects for provincial and municipal governments, as well as private sector companies. He held the position of Manager, Fleet Management Services, Toronto Hydro Corporation for 16 years and also had roles with GMC Truck and Coach Division and the private sector line-haul trucking industry. Smith is a member of the board of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), Ontario Chapter.
January 14, 2014
Jason Kabir has been appointed as Fleet and Remarketing Analyst at Hyundai Auto Corporation Canada. He has been Traffic and Distribution Coordinator at Hyundai. Kabir’s experience includes General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant as a Supply Chain Analyst as well as a Materials Supervisor.
Kabir will provide support for a range of sales activities and programs related to Hyundai’s fleet and remarketing customer base. He is a graduate of the University Of Ontario’s Institute Of Technology.
January 27, 2014
Stephen McDonnell assumes the newly created position of Managing Director, Infiniti Canada, effective February 17th.
"I am very pleased that we can further strengthen the Infiniti leadership team with the addition of Stephen McDonnell” said Michael Bartsch, Vice-President, Infiniti Americas. "His experience and exceptional knowledge of the Canadian market, plus his proven track record in premium automotive brand management, are integral as we continue to implement our growth plan for Infiniti in Canada."
McDonnell was director of sales, BMW Group Canada and will be based at Infiniti’s Canadian Head Office in Mississauga reporting to Michael Bartsch.
"Taking on this new role at Infiniti Canada is a very exciting challenge for me as I recognize the strong potential for the brand in Canada and around the globe," said McDonnell. "I'm eager to work with the Infiniti Canada team, the dealers and all key stakeholders to further develop and increase Infiniti’s performance in Canada."
Wendy Durward, Director, Infiniti dealer operations, becomes Director, marketing and transformation, Infiniti Canada and will report to McDonnell.
“Wendy’s leadership has been fundamental to the success and growth of Infiniti over the past five years in Canada, including the sales record set in 2013,” said Bartsch. “With her considerable experience leading the Infiniti brand in Canada, she will continue to play an important role on this growing team.”
January 14, 2014
Scott Madden is now Vice-President Business Development, Central and Eastern regions of Canada at PHH Arval. Madden’s experience in transportation and logistics experience covers more than 20 years. At Purolator, his responsibilities included sales strategy, customer and vertical market segmentation, contract negotiation, sales operations and implementation; at FexEx, he held positions in operations and sales.
“Scott brings a strong track record of driving growth and building client relationships,” said Pat Furgiuele, PHH Arval senior vice president and General Manager, Canada. “His approach aligns with our customer focus and he will play an important role in strategically growing our North American fleet business.”
January 7, 2014
Mark Kibzey has been appointed Director Fleet Strategies for EMKAY Canada. He has more than 12 years experience in fleet management and customer service. Kibzey will focus on building new business in Western Canada and will be based out of the Emkay Alberta Innovation Service Centre in Calgary.
“Mark’s specific knowledge of the Western Canadian fleet market will serve him well in his new role at EMKAY”, stated Paul Turner President.
January 7, 2014
Donald Romano has been appointed to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. Romano has nearly 30 years of automotive experience in senior positions in Canada, the United States, as well as overseas with Nissan, Mazda, and Toyota brands.
"I'm truly looking forward to becoming a member of the team at Hyundai," said Romano. "Through the course of my career I have watched with great interest as the Hyundai business has grown to become a dominant player both in Canada and around the world. They have been, and still are, a fierce competitor with world-class products, so it's a real honour for me to become a part of this great, fast-paced, well-respected organization."
Romano's responsibilities involve sales, marketing, parts, service, public relations, product and strategic planning. He report to Steve Kelleher, President and CEO Hyundai Canada.
"I'm delighted that Don has agreed to join us at Hyundai and I'm eager to work with him to grow our business," said Kelleher. "Sales of Hyundai vehicles have doubled in the last ten years, and our employee headcount has grown by 54 percent over the same time period. Effectively, we've grown to the point where we need additional C-level leadership. As I look to the future of our company, and the amazing new products that will be coming with it, Don has the opportunity to shape and nurture the Hyundai organization as it enters the next phase of its development."
January 7, 2014
Jack Rennels is retiring from EMKAY INC. after more than 35 years in the fleet industry, 23 of them years at EMKAY. He has been with EMKAY since 1990 and has had number of leadership positions served as a member of the EMKAY Executive Leadership team.
“Jack’s dedication over the years has helped EMKAY become the company it is today” said Greg Tepas, President and CEO, EMKAY. “During Jack’s career at EMKAY, the company has grown nearly 15 times its size in 1990.”
“EMKAY has provided me with tremendous opportunities to grow personally and professionally. It has been great to see EMKAY grow to be what I consider to be the premier provider in the fleet industry, and I’m proud to have played a part in that,” said Rennels.
December 16, 2013
Tim McHugh is now Senior Vice-President, North American Supply Chain and Mark Bryan has been nominated Senior Vice-President, European Operations at ARI.
McHugh has been with ARI for 24 years in various roles, most recently he was Vice-President of Supply Chain and Compliance. McHugh will be responsible for vehicle acquisition, remarketing and compliance services for North America.
Mark Bryan has been with ARI since 2007, and served as Vice-President of Global. He becomes responsible for ARI’s European business, including operations in the UK, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain.
December 16, 2013
John Elizaga has been appointed Director of Vehicle Remarketing at EMKAY Inc. Elizaga joined EMKAY in 1999 and has held management responsibilities in Accident Management, Vehicle Licensing Services, Vehicle Acquisitions, and Vehicle Remarketing; until this appointment, Elizaga was Manager of Vehicle Remarketing. He will now lead EMKAY’s North American remarketing operations.
“I am confident John will provide great leadership and continue to deliver innovative solutions to our remarketing process,” said Andrew Griffith, Vice-President of Operations, EMKAY.
December 10, 2013
Mary Barra will be the new CEO at General Motors, Tim Solso becomes Chairman, and Dan Ammann assumes the Presidency, effective January 15. Then, Dan Akerson steps down as CEO and Chairman.
Said Akerson, “I will leave with great satisfaction in what we have accomplished, great optimism over what is ahead and great pride that we are restoring General Motors as America’s standard bearer in the global auto industry.”
Barra becomes a GM Board member; Solso has been on the Board since June 2012. Barra has been with GM for some 33 years holding a range of responsibilities and was most recently Executive Vice-President Global Product Development Purchasing and Supply Chain.
“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”
Dan Ammann has been with GM since 2012 and held the role of Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. He will be responsible for managing GM’s regional operations around the world.
“We have a significant opportunity to further integrate and optimize our operations to deliver even better results,” said Ammann. “While we have made good progress, we still have much work ahead of us to realize GM’s full potential.”
Replacing Mary Barra will be Mark Reuss, currently Executive Vice-President and President, North America.
“The driver’s seat of designing and engineering the strongest product line up in GM’s history is the best seat to have,” said Reuss. “We’re going to keep the pedal down on GM’s product resurgence and keep winning new customers.”
Alan Batey, Senior Vice-President Global Chevrolet and US Sales and Marketing, will replace Mark Reuss.
“North America is the foundation of the GM turnaround story and I’m honored to help continue what Mark started,” said Batey. “We remain committed to delivering the world’s best retail experience to match the world’s best cars and trucks.”
December 10, 2013
Chris Conroy is now Executive Vice President, Global Operations for ARI. He has been with ARI since 1994 and has held a number of executive positions, most recently as ARI’s managing director of global operations and executive vice president and COO of ARI Canada.
Rick Tousaw has been named Senior Vice-President and General Manager, and Craig Balfour has been named Vice-President of Sales, for ARI Canada.
“We’re incredibly pleased to have Rick and Craig stepping into these new roles,” said Chris Conroy, Executive Vice President of Global Operations, ARI. “I think both have already demonstrated that they will bring exceptional expertise and an experienced perspective to bear on behalf of ARI Canada and I am looking forward to working with them and continuing to deliver unique, customized fleet solutions to all of our customers.”
Tousaw will be responsible for all of ARI Canada’s operations, including direct oversight of and support for the new North American operational team. He has been with ARI since 2010, and was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for ARI Canada.
Balfour will be responsible for the sales team and all sales related activities in Canada. He joined ARI Canada in December 2012 as the Director of Sales Development.
Also, Bob White becomes Executive Vice President, Fleet Management, and Steve Haindl is now Executive Vice President, Technology and Innovation at ARI.
Conroy, White and Haindl will be members of a newly created Executive Committee that will oversee ongoing development and execution of the company’s strategic plans.
White will be responsible for ARI’s fleet management team, which includes oversight of the North American supply chain team, ARI’s North American Fleet Management Services group, ARI’s six North American call centers and ARI’s global fleet management products and services group.
Haindl will be responsible for all areas of technology and innovation across ARI’s global operations, including information technology, product development, client information services, information security and governance.
December 10, 2013
Sandra Wilson has been named Chief Operating Officer at Wheels Inc. Wilson will oversee North American operations, including call centers, human resources , and quality control as well as service execution departments such as vehicle acquisitions, remarketing, compliance services and truck engineering.
“Our decision to select Sandra as COO was the culmination of an extensive search for an experienced process management expert who could bring new levels of creativity and versatility to Wheels’ leadership team,” said Dan Frank, President of Wheels Services and Chief Technology Officer. “Sandra’s impressive track record of strong customer service values, focus on quality and innovation, and ability to inspire great teams made her the clear choice to fill that role.”
December 3, 2013
Thomas Morris is now Manager, Fleet Strategy, Western Canada for Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI). He has over 43 years automotive industry experience, 24 years with Toyota Canada. Morris was fleet and lease manager in Calgary, then held roles at head office, and was part of the team that developed Toyota’s certified used vehicle program.
“This new appointment brings me back to my roots and upbringing in the automotive industry,” said Morris. “Being away from this side of the business for 22 years I have very quickly realized how much it has changed into the Digital World. This is great however we still need to continue working on building great relationships with our customers both Retail and Fleet. I'm really excited.”
December 3, 2013
ARI’s client relations team has added two new Strategic Account Managers. The first, Rodger Klarer has been involved with the fleet industry for more than 16 years as a corporate fleet manager as well as having experience with a large fleet management company. Klarer will be located at ARI’s headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.
Nadia Donato has joined ARI’s Laval, Quebec Strategic Account Management team. Donato has more than a decade’s experience in client service, account management, and procurement. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University.
November 26, 2013
Reporting to David Murphy, Senior Manager Fleet, Luc Grenier joins Mitsubishi Motor Sales fleet operations. With more than 15 years experience in automotive fleet, Grenier brings a strong background in the Quebec fleet market as well as particular knowledge of the electric vehicle marketplace.
“We could not be more excited to welcome Luc to the Mitsubishi Fleet team” said Murphy.
November 26, 2013
Patrick Foote has been appointed Fleet Manager at Pineview Auto Group responsible for both Airport Nissan and Pineview Hyundai. Foote’s automobile sales and fleet management experience spans more than 25 years. He looks forward to re-aquainting himself with long-time customers and meeting ‘first-timers’ as he works to build Pineview Auto Group’s fleet business.
November 26, 2013
Steve Coulman is now Director of Commercial Accounts at Manheim Canada. His mission will focus on the needs and opportunities of key remarketers, developing relationships with new customers and continuing to enhance the experience of current clients.
“We’re very pleased to have Steve on board,” said Russ Stegall, Executive Director, Manheim Customer Management. “He brings a valuable customer perspective to the role, and a great depth of knowledge about the business. He’s served on our Manheim Canada Client Advisory Board, and even has some Manheim auction experience. His background will be a great benefit to our customers and our company.”
Coulman’s experience has involved several remarketing and related management roles, most recently as National Remarketing Manager for BMW Group Financial Services Canada. His experience includes having been Senior Operations Manager for Ford Remarketing Operations Center (Pareto Corp.) as well as a range of business solution-oriented tasks in the automotive industry.
November 12, 2013
“I am extremely fortunate to have been part of the ARI family for the past 20 years and am deeply honoured to have led ARI Canada for the past three,” said Roy Gaysek. “I am so proud of what we have accomplished together and have every confidence that ARI will continue to do great things for fleets across Canada.”
Gaysek has been with ARI since 1993 in a variety of roles; Regional Sales Manager, National Director of Sales and Service, Senior Vice-President Sales and Service, Executive Vice-President and COO. He became President in 2010.
“We will always be grateful to Roy for his commitment to making ARI the premier fleet management provider in the Canadian marketplace and laying the foundation for our continued success,” said Carl Ortell, President, ARI. “Roy’s amazing dedication to his employees and to ARI is visible to all who have had the pleasure of working with him over the last 20 years.”
Over Gaysek’s 20 years with ARI Canada, the company increased its client base ranking from 11th in the industry to the number one fleet management company in Canada.
November 12, 2013
Patricia Furgiuele is now PHH Arval Senior Vice-President and General Manager for Canada. As such, Furgiuele joins PHH Arval’s North America Leadership Team.
“Pat’s mission will be the continued enhancement of our service solutions with data-driven processes, creating offerings that are unique to our respective clients,” said Jim Halliday, President, PHH Canada, and Chief Business Development Officer for North America, PHH Arval. “In addition, she will align the company’s operations, marketing, product development and consulting efforts to support these critical areas.”
Furgiuele has been with PHH since 2011 as Canadian Finance Leader, and most recently was Vice-President of Business Development for PHH. Furgiuele will focus on directing service capacity to PHH customers, to deliver solutions that help clients.
Also, the PHH Calgary, Alberta office has added staff; Hiba Badran, is now Manager, New Business Development, she will work to customize solutions for Western Canadian fleets; Sarah Olson, Account Executive will focus on providing service; Carla Lestinho, Manager, Client Relations, will concentrate on day-to-day contact and operations of PHH Western clients; and Sue Calder, becomes Manager, New Business Development.
“Growing our team in Western Canada speaks to the ever increasing expansion in this market,” said Halliday. “We’re enthusiastic about the future in this region and finding solutions that best fit our clients’ unique fleet management operations.”
November 4, 2013
Kenichiro Yamamoto has been named President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN). He replaces Shin Fujioka, who returns to Mitsubishi in Japan. Yamamoto has nearly 20 years experience with Mitsubishi, involving senior management roles in the United States, and overseeing North American and European interests from Japan.
“Under Fujioka-san’s leadership, MMSCAN has seen steady growth in its vehicle sales and dealership network, along with a larger employment and investment footprint in Canada, he leaves a solid foundation for me to continue this momentum,” said Yamamoto.
November 4, 2013
Elankum Vairavanathan has been named Manager, Incentives Planning and Certified Pre-Owned Sales for Audi Canada. He reports to Vito Paladino, Director of Sales. Vairavanathan has been involved with the automotive industry for more than 12 years, in sales, marketing, financial services and regional operations.
“Audi is a growing brand with tremendous future potential offering some of the most exciting products in the industry. I’m thrilled to have joined this organization” said Vairavanathan.
Vairavanathan holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business, York University, in addition to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Brock University.
October 28, 2013
Robert Dowse is now President and Managing Director at Vanterior, a wholly owned subsidiary of Adrian Steel. Dowse served as Owner and President of a large telecommunications company for more than 20 years and was recently Owner and Principal of an upfitting company.
October 21, 2013
Michel Daoust has been named Corporate Account Manager at Jim Pattison Lease and will be based in Montreal, Quebec. Daoust has 35 years plus experience in the automotive industry in the Montreal area, including corporate fleet sales, leasing, and consulting.
Also at Jim Pattison, Eleanor Rivard has been appointed Account Manager at the Edmonton branch office in Alberta. Rivard brings over 12 years of fleet management industry and customer service experience.
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