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Dealer Trifecta: AutoCanada appoints three to executive leadership team

Edmonton, Alberta — AutoCanada Inc. is making some space in its executive leadership team, announcing the appointment of Jeffrey Thorpe, Brian Feldman and Lee Wittick to the top of Canadian operations for the company.

Thorpe has been appointed president of AutoCanada’s Canadian operations and will run the company’s day-to-day business, while reporting directly to executive chair Paul Antony.

“We are excited to welcome Jeff as our president of Canadian operations. His significant industry expertise and experience operating a dealership platform at scale using centralized services through head office, which closely mirrors AutoCanada’s operating rhythm, will be an excellent addition to our executive team…He is a progressive leader with the vision and business acumen to lead AutoCanada’s Canadian operations, and I am extremely confident that Jeff will make great contributions in his role at the company as we continue to build on our positive momentum and drive industry-leading performance,” said Antony.

Feldman has been appointed as senior v-p of Canadian operations and disruptive technologies, and will report directly to Thorpe.

Wittick has been appointed as senior v-p of operations and OEM relations and will also report directly to Thorpe.

“We are also very excited to welcome Brian and Lee along with Jeff to the AutoCanada team,” said Antony.

“Jeff, Brian and Lee are highly experienced and proven automotive retail professionals. All three bring deep knowledge in [mergers and acquisitions], running centralized services on large dealership platforms and mentoring people for success. They have all previously demonstrated excellent leadership skills in leading high performing teams focused on strong culture, teamwork and collaboration that motivates people to deliver results.”

AutoCanada also announced that Rhonda English has been proposed for election to the Board of Directors at the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the company’s shareholders scheduled for May 5, 2022.

English is currently chief marketing officer of CAA Club Group.

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