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Feburary 13, 2017
ADESA SASKATOON NAMES GM
Kevin McCaig.Kevin McCaig has been named General Manager at ADESA Saskatoon. He was most recently sales manager at the location.
“Kevin has been an essential member of the team at ADESA Saskatoon, and he has played a valuable role in this auction’s success as it has grown from a three-lane operation into an eight-lane facility,” said Gregg Maidment, senior vice president of Canadian operations for ADESA. “I am confident that he has the leadership skills and experience to continue to grow this auction’s market share while maintaining a positive and productive customer experience.”
He has been with ADESA Saskatoon since 2006, He has held a variety of roles including factory account representative, sales manager, and also serves as an auctioneer. He was also a site manager for Automotive Finance Corporation.
“At ADESA, we have an internal recognition program to acknowledge the accomplishments of our highest-performing auction locations,” said Maidment. “Kevin was instrumental in helping the team at ADESA Saskatoon earn Auction of the Year honors for Canada and for all of North America in 2015.”
Feburary 3, 2017
CANADIAN BLACK BOOK NAMES DIRECTOR OF SALES AND CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Rui Nunes.Rui Nunes has been named Director of Sales & Customer Experience at Canadian Black Book.
“Our team at Canadian Black Book just got another serious jolt of high-end auto industry expertise and proven talent, and I can’t be more pleased to welcome Rui to this group,” says Brad Rome, President, Canadian Black Book. “This hire adds a unique combination of sales and business growth acumen coupled with a high aptitude for technology development, which fits perfectly in our business plan moving forward.”
Nunes will alter Canadian Black Book’s customer relationship culture and update CRM technologies in-house. He has worked for OEMs, including roles as a brand manager and managing a call centre; and developing the automotive group business vertical for Varimax Energy Management.
"The automotive industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace and Canadian Black Book is evolving with it. The addition of Rui to our team is another example of our commitment to provide our clients and partners with the information they need to make informed decisions," said Rome.
January 20, 2017
HYUNDAI CANADA NAMES FLEET ANALYST
Andrew Chiu.Andrew Chiu has been appointed as Fleet Analyst at Hyundai Canada, taking over for Scott Campbell, who has been promoted to the role of Customer Service Manager, Central Zone.
“Andrew will play an integral role in the ongoing expansion of Hyundai’s fleet presence within the Canadian fleet industry, and with the primary focus of exceeding the day to day expectations of our valued Fleet customers” said Russ Seton, Senior Manager, Fleet Sales & Remarketing, Hyundai Canada.
Chiu has over three years of automotive industry experience, including vehicle logistics while working for another OEM.
January 18, 2016
ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT APPOINTS CFO
Samir Zabaneh has been named Chief Financial Officer at Element Fleet Management Corp.
“I welcome Samir Zabaneh as a valuable addition to Element’s Executive Leadership Team. Samir brings significant strategic, operations and financial technology expertise to Element, having recently served as the CFO of a NYSE-listed Fortune 1000 company that was a leader in the U.S. payment processing industry,” said Bradley Nullmeyer, Element’s Chief Executive Officer.
Zabaneh has held senior leadership roles in finance, strategy and operations at a variety of companies. Most recently, he was the CFO at Heartland Payment Systems. He has a Master of Science Degree in Finance from Boston College and an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston, and is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the AICPA.
“I am thrilled to become part of the leading team in fleet management services,” said Zabaneh. “In an industry living through transformation, Element’s scale and reputation as a technology and data driven company present a truly exciting opportunity to make an impact and contribute to our continued success and enhancing shareholder value.”
Michel Béland will be the CFO for ECN Capital, after having served as CFO for Element Financial Corporation, before its split last year to Element Fleet Management and ECN Capital Corp. will assist Zabaneh in the assumption of his responsibilities.
“I want to acknowledge the very fundamental contribution that Michel Béland made over the last five years in building the solid foundation on which Element Fleet Management now stands,” said Nullmeyer. “Under his leadership, Element successfully closed and integrated a series of strategic acquisitions, raised more than $5.8 billion in debt and equity capital and managed the company through last year’s Separation Transaction.”
January 18, 2016
ENDRAS AUTOMOTIVE GROUP NAME COO
Shawn Morris has been named Chief Operating Officer at Endras Automotive Group.
"We are truly excited to have Mr. Morris join our team during this time of rapid growth of our business and exciting job creation for the Greater Toronto Area,” said Chris Endras, President, Endras Automotive Group. “We look forward to sharing more exciting details of our expansion in the near future."
Morris has been in the automotive industry for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including Director of Sales Planning at Nissan Canada and Vice-President of Sales at Volvo Canada Ltd. He has also spend time as GM and VP of operations for dealerships at a retail and national level.
He completed the Ivey Executive Program at Western University Ivey Business School, and has a BBA in Automotive Marketing from Northwood University. He is also completing his Master of Business Administration at the Kellogg-Schulich School of Business.
December 22, 2016
NISSAN MAKES MANUFACTURING APPOINTMENT
Heath Holtz has been appointed Vice-President, Manufacturing, Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan North America, replacing Randy Knight, who is retiring on April 1, 2017.
"Randy has been an effective and well-respected leader in Smyrna since assuming his current post in 2013," said José Muñoz, chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and chairman, Nissan North America. "I would like to thank Randy for his dedicated service and leadership and wish him well in the future."
Holtz, who is currently Deputy Managing Director, Manufacturing, Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, will assume his new role on January 1.
Holtz will be responsible for Nissan's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant operations including safety, quality, operations, productivity and environmental compliance.
Holtz has been with Nissan North American since March 2016, and has held a variety of roles within Nissan including stints in Japan and England.
December 7, 2016
ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT NAMES VP FINANCE CANADA
Ken Richardson.Ken Richardson has been named Vice-President of Finance for Canada at Element Fleet Management. He will be taking over for Henry Mulder, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Richardson has been with the company since 2008 and currently manages Element Fleet’s Commercial and Fleet Partnership Solutions teams for Central and Eastern Canada. He has the Chartered Financial Analyst credential and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
December 7, 2016
PALFINGER NAMES VP OPERATIONS FOR NORTH AMERICA
Randy Wingenroth.Randy Wingenroth has been named Vice-President of Operations for Business Area North America. He takes over for Michael Berger, who becomes Head of Corporate HR at PALFINGER Headquarters in Austria.
Wingenroth has over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles related to operations, strategic sourcing, supply chain management and lean manufacturing. He will work with Mark Woody, VP of Sales, to lead the North American business.
"Randy will be a great addition to the management team and with a stronger drive for process quality, consistency and lean manufacturing, I'm confident that his contributions will add great value for our customers," said Lennart Brelin, President - Region Americas.
December 7, 2016
KAR AUCTION NAMES VP ENTERPRISE OPTIMIZATION
Stacey White.Stacey White has been named Senior Vice-President of Enterprise Optimization at KAR Auction Services, Inc. (KAR). White will oversee transportation at the corporate level and will continue to oversee the company’s procurement and sourcing strategies, while still leading the team charged with standardization of operations and processes at all newly acquired auctions.
“Stacey has more than 20 years of experience in the auto remarketing industry and is well respected by other employees throughout the company,” said David Vignes, Executive Vice-President of Enterprise Optimization, KAR. “She has a proven track record of success and the willingness and drive to continue taking on more responsibilities, making her well-suited for this role.”
White has been with KAR since 2008, when she began as Operational Compliance Auditor, and has held a variety of roles since.
“I am excited to take on this new role where I can apply my previous experience and knowledge gained from my career at KAR,” said White. “I look forward to working with new team members and taking on this new challenge.”
White holds degrees from Canada’s Saint Mary’s University and Compu College School of Business in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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.
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