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June 16, 2015
GM FLEET DEPARTMENT CHANGES
Joe De Stefano.
General Motors Canada has announced personnel changes to its fleet department.
Joe De Stefano, becomes Brand Manager - Chevrolet Trucks in Vehicle Sales and Marketing having most recenty held responsibilities as National Sales and Marketing Manager, Fleet and Commercial Sales. In his new role he will focus on product development, pricing and marketing strategies.
Fred Dixon, is now Manager - Marketing and Government Sales, Fleet and Commercial Sales moving from the role of Technology Planning Manager, Canadian Programs. Dixon brings many years of experience in product programming and development to the fleet team, he will report to Peter Bagnall.
Jason Hazelton is appointed to the position of National Commercial Account Manager, Fleet and Commercial Sales, replacing Ralph Murphy, he moves from the position of District Manager Sales – Central Region. Hazelton will be the primary GM contact for National Fleet Management Companies and oversee the Fleet Action Centre (FAC).
Brian Riendeau becomes Account Manager – Fleet and Commercial Sales, Toronto and Eastern Ontario. He replaces the retiring Cathy Cooper. Until now, Riendeau was Strategic Business Planner, Vehicle Sales and Marketing.
May 26, 2015
AUDI CANADA’S NEW PRESIDENT
Daniel Weissland has been named President of Audi Canada effective August 1. He will be taking over for Wolfgang Hoffmann.
Weissland has experience in sales, marketing, network development, and product management within Audi AG; currently he is Director of Southern Europe and based in Ingolstadt, Germany, a position he has held since 2011.
He was part of the team that founded the National Sales Company in Dubai. Weissland holds MBA and Engineering degrees from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.
May 26, 2015
VW CANADA NAMES MANAGER CORPORATE AND FLEET SALES
Thomas Roth has been appointed Manager, Corporate and Fleet Sales at Volkswagen Canada. He replaces Bruce Lindsay, who takes over as National Manager Commercial Finance.
“I am excited to join Volkswagen Canada and believe the VW product is a perfect fit for fleet customers,” said Roth. “Volkswagen is an exciting brand and known for building great quality vehicles. I look forward to the opportunity to help build the brand even further within the Canadian fleet industry.”
Before joining Volkswagen, Roth spent nine years at Hyundai Auto Canada and held numerous roles within the company; most recently as Manager of National Fleet, helping to expand Hyundai’s fleet business.
May 26, 2015
ELEMENT NAMES NEW VP SALES/CLIENT SERVICES WESTERN REGION
Jacqueline Gough has joined the Canada Commercial team as Vice-President Sales and Client Services, Western Region, at Element Fleet Management. She will be based in the Calgary, Alberta office.
“The addition of Jacqui to our Element Fleet team enhances our regionalized sales and service team structure,” said Chris Gittens, Chief Commercial Officer, Canada. “Element Fleet’s Commercial organizational framework fosters in-depth marketplace knowledge, increases accessibility for clients, and allows for greater focus on market-specific industries.”
Gough has nearly 25 years industry experience in the Western region most recently managing client services. Gough initiated several process initiatives that were implemented in the areas of new business development, customer service, account management, remarketing, and strategic consulting.
May 19, 2015
COX AUTOMOTIVE CANADA APPOINTS PRESIDENT
The newly created position of President will have Maria Soklis leading the development and execution of Cox Automotive Canada business strategy and operations in Canada. Solkis will report to Senior Vice-President of Cox Automotive Strategy, Joe George.
“Maria is a very talented executive who brings a pioneering spirit and deep industry knowledge to our team,” said George. “We’re thrilled to have her join us, and welcome her vision as we deepen and expand our Canadian presence.”
Until recently, Soklis was Vice-President and COO of Kia Canada.
“Joining Cox Automotive is an exhilarating new challenge for me, and I’m looking forward to helping the company achieve a strong leadership position in the Canadian market,” said Soklis.
Soklis will be based in Mississauga, Ontario at Cox Automotive Canada headquarters. Six Cox Automotive businesses operate in Canada and include: Manheim, vAuto, NextGear Capitol, HomeNet, VinSolutions and XTime.
May 12, 2015
FOSS NATIONAL LEASING APPOINTMENTS
Dana Antal has been appointed Account Executive in Calgary, Alberta for Foss National Leasing. Antal is a graduate of the University of Calgary in Psychology/Sociology. She is a 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time world Hockey champion as a member of Team Canada.
Jennifer Chapman also joins Foss National Leasing as Account Manager. Chapman has 16 years fleet management experience in client services and operations.
Tom Fletcher assumes the position of Account Manager, taking over from Garry Hume who retires after a 27-year career with Foss National.
May 11, 2015
WHEELS NAMES CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Tim O’Hara has been appointed Chief Information Officer at Wheels Inc., and will head Wheels information technology departments.
“Tim has an aptitude for integrating complex applications and systems in high-transaction volume environments,” said Dan Frank, president of Wheels. “He is an ideal fit to lead the ongoing development of Wheels’ applications and IT infrastructure, and we are excited to see his dynamic creativity and versatility help us continue to deliver innovative and intuitive solutions for our clients.”
O’Hara has more than 25 years IT management experience and enterprise systems optimization. He is responsible for developing and managing Wheels’ client-facing applications, systems infrastructure and security, telecommunications, internal networks, and business continuance operations.
April 28, 2015
NISSAN CANADA NAMES NEW NATIONAL ACCOUNTS MANAGER
Pauline Haviland has been named National Accounts Manager at Nissan Canada and will be responsible for fleet sales in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) and will operate from Alberta. She has more than 12 years fleet experience both at the dealer level and with fleet management companies.
April 21, 2015
CARPROOF NAMES NEW VICE-PRESIDENT, CONSUMER VERTICAL
Karim Hemani is Vice-President, Consumer Vertical at CarProof Corporation and is responsible for expanding CarProof's value proposition and awareness with consumers.
"We have a great opportunity to take CarProof's consumer business to the next level and I'm thrilled that Karim is joining us to help us to capitalize on it," said Ed Woiteshek, President and CEO, CarProof. "Karim's background in building best-in-class consumer experiences and his knowledge of digital marketing and brand strategy will help to bring CarProof's promise of trust and transparency to more consumers, and in new ways. Ultimately this will benefit not only consumers but also our valued dealer and OEM partners"
"I'm excited to be part of the CarProof family," said Hemani. "The company is well positioned, with the right data, talent and culture, to deliver on a universal movement towards consumer transparency and empowerment."
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