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AutoCanada Inc. expands its executive leadership team

AutoCanada Inc. announces three major appointments to its executive leadership team, including a new Senior VP of OEM relations.

April 8, 2022   by CM Staff

EDMONTON — AutoCanada Inc., a multi-location North American automobile dealership group, announced that it has made the following appointments to further strengthen the Company’s executive team:

  • Jeffrey Thorpe – President, Canadian Operations
  • Brian Feldman – Senior Vice President, Canadian Operations & Disruptive Technologies
  • Lee Wittick – Senior Vice President, Operations & OEM Relations

Mr. Jeffrey Thorpe has been appointed President, Canadian Operations, and will be responsible for overseeing AutoCanada’s strategies and day-to-day operations in Canada and driving the Company’s ongoing growth, synergies and efficiencies. Mr. Thorpe will report directly to Paul Antony, Executive Chair of AutoCanada.

Jeff is a leader in the automotive retail industry with experience with AutoNation, an automotive retailer in North America. He most recently held the position of Market President at AutoNation and was responsible for operations in multiple U.S. Markets and providing direct leadership over automotive dealership operations in Colorado, Minnesota, Chicago, Cleveland, Northern California and Los Angeles.

Mr. Antony said, “We are excited to welcome Jeff as our President, 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. Jeff has proven himself at building and scaling organizations through the development of a strong culture of values and winning. 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.”

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Mr. Brian Feldman has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Canadian Operations & Disruptive Technologies, and will report directly to Jeff. During his tenure at AutoNation, Brian held various operational, strategic and retail leadership positions, most recently serving as Domestic Market Brand President.

Mr. Lee Wittick has been appointed as Senior Vice President Operations & OEM Relations and will also report directly to Jeff. Lee has experience in the automotive industry and has spent the last 15 years with the Humberview Group in Toronto, Ontario, where he most recently held the position of Managing Partner at Applewood Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and Mississauga Kia.


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