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May 27, 2016


Mary McNeill
Mary McNeill.
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


Yumiko Kawamura
Yumiko Kawamura.
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


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


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, 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


Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell.
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.
Joel Gregory
Joel Gregory.

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


Eric Jansson
Eric Jansson.
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


Brian D. Fulton
Brian D. Fulton.
Brian D. Fulton has been named President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada effective May 1, 2016, succeeding Gareth T. Joyce.

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


J. Marty Nowlin
J. Marty Nowlin.
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.

“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


Michael Rusch
Michael Rusch.
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


Masaharu Kondo
Masaharu Kondo.
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


Brian Murphy
Brian Murphy.
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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