From the editor: Women continue to fill prominent automotive executive roles, which is awesome

Alma L. Figueroa

Possibly not numerous people would dispute the point that Cox Automotive has wide of variety of means. Any individual who walked through the expo hall at NADA Clearly show 2022 could literally see that with their own eyes.

As a consequence of all those assets, we listed here at Cherokee Media Team get a number of messages on a regular basis from the Cox Automotive family whether or not it is the most recent figures involving qualified pre-owned product sales, wholesale costs or credit rating availability.

When a different of individuals messages arrived late this 7 days, a component of it immediately caught my interest. The news launch announced that Cox Automotive Retail Alternatives designed quite a few crucial variations to its management group.

And all five executives described in the announcement had been women of all ages.

To mimic longtime athletics broadcaster Tim Brando, “How about that?!”

In accordance to that information launch, Cox Automotive Retail Methods president Lori Wittman mentioned amongst the alterations, Mandi Fang became the new senior vice president of customer functions and Tracy Noonan Fred became the new senior vice president of supplier solutions. Equally will now report straight to Wittman.

Signing up for Wittman’s group is Cheryl Miller, who will go on in her function as vice president of financial institution options. Jessica Stafford proceeds to report to Wittman in her role as SVP of purchaser solutions but will now lead the combined customer promoting power of Seller.com, Autotrader, and Kelley Blue Reserve within just Cox Automotive’s Retail team.

“With these promotions and alignments, Cox Automotive Retail Methods is poised to guide our shoppers confidently into this new period of automotive retailing,” Wittman claimed in the information release. “This leadership team’s encounter, willpower, and enthusiasm will gas the transformation of the automotive market and generate higher achievements for our shoppers and associates.”

Unquestionably, this new era of automotive retailing incorporates the technological innovation these 5 gals oversee for Cox Automotive. But it’s also a new era for what it’s like at minimum at dealerships. In several merchants, prolonged absent are the stereotypes in the highlight of these dealer commercials from a ten years back where the advert hook was “Tired of having badgered?”

In 1 of the places, the badger — characterized to be a chauvinistic male salesperson down to the plaid sport coat — quips to the opportunity buyer who was female, “there’s the rearview mirror the place you can set on your make-up!”

Ahead-thinking dealerships and major businesses this kind of as Cox Automotive absolutely are not the only industry stores lifting ladies to their very well-deserved position in management. Celebrating that progress is portion of the purpose why we Cherokee Media Group established some of the awards applications we have orchestrated for many a long time now. They involve Women in Remarketing, Females in Retail, Girls in Car Finance and new this year, Women in Collections and Recoveries.

All the most recent honorees will be celebrated through Used Auto Week, which begins Nov. 14 in San Diego. Maybe you can make the trip to beautiful southern California all through the week prior to Thanksgiving to meet up with them in man or woman and hear their tales about how they flourished to their respective positions.

In that most recent information launch from Cox Automotive, what Wittman said about her government group rings genuine about a host of girls in automotive management nowadays.

“These females had been purposefully selected for their impressive strategies and inclusive methods of motivating their teams to realize plans, streamline procedures and leverage engineering to build a regular, seamless shopper encounter,” Wittman said.

Nick Zulovich is senior editor with Cherokee Media Team and can be reached at [email protected]

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