Toronto, Ontario — June 28, 2019 — 2019 has been an incredibly successful year for leaders in the CR industry. From taking over the position as CEO to become a new board member, Collision Repair is highlighting the top five position transitions that have happened in the past year.
Earlier this year it was announced that Jeff Tarr would be taking over the position of CEO at Solera. Solera Holdings is a data and software company in the automotive industry and Tarr has been an industry leader for quite some time. With two decades of experience leading data and technology-enabled services companies spanning multiple sectors Tarr has also served as CEO and president of DigitalGlobe, where he led the launch of innovative products that leveraged AI and other new technologies, entered new markets and nearly tripled the company’s revenue. Prior to DigitalGlobe, Tarr was president and COO of IHS (now IHS Markit), where he helped transform the business into a high-growth, high-margin provider of information and insight. Tarr has reported that he is very excited to join the Solera team and continue growing the company.
Cheryl Boswell, CFO of DCR systems has had a great year representing women in the CR industry. After graduating from Georgia State University with an MBA in 1998 and working in the industry ever since, Boswell has received lots of recognition for her efforts in the industry. It was only a few years ago that Boswell was recognized as one of the Most Influential Women by the Women’s Industry Network and most recently, Boswell has been awarded the Cornerstone Award for her success in the automotive industry. But those aren’t the only accomplishments Boswell has achieved. Earlier this year, Cheryl was elected to become a board member on the Women’s Industry Network and hopes to use her new position to bring her network of amazing women in the auto industry over to Canada.
Jason Storah is movin’ on up in the auto industry as he was recently appointed as CEO of Aviva Canada this June. With more than Storah15 years of experience with Aviva Canada under his belt, Storah was most recently serving as chief distribution officer, overseeing broker distribution, partnerships, RBC Insurance, Aviva’s direct insurance business, and marketing. Storah has reported that he is looking forward to sharing his passion for the important role Aviva plays in customers lives and continue building on the great work previous CEO, Colin Holmes has already done.
Robotic tool company Robbox has appointed Rodica Matei as chief executive officer in February this year. Rodica brings more than 22 years of experience in purchasing, logistics and management in the manufacturing field, highlighted by a proven record of business development and profitability. In her most recent role as COO of Wedge Clamp Systems Inc., a manufacturing arm of the largest privately-owned automotive repair chain in Canada, she tripled sales in four years and opened new markets in North America and abroad. Rodia is excited to start this new chapter in her life and apply her fascination with innovation and technology in her work.
Matt Girgis was recently appointed as new managing director at Volvo after joining the corporation in 2008. Most recently serving as controller car operations and deputy head of finance Volvo Car in America, Girgis is excited to come home to Canada to start his new position. Prior to joining Volvo, he held several positions at BMW Canada in network and finance. Girgis hopes to continue making Volvo’s network stronger and more profitable under his guidance.