Around the Industry: Auto Care Association Announces Next President/CEO

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The Auto Care Association board of directors recently selected Bill Hanvey as the association’s president and CEO, succeeding Kathleen Schmatz, who is retiring at year’s end after leading the association for 14 years. Hanvey, who assumed responsibilities December 1, brings more than 25 years of auto care industry experience, most recently as senior vice president of programs and member services at the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).

Hanvey came to AASA in 2012 from the automotive aftermarket division of The Schaeffler Group USA, where he had been vice president of sales and marketing since 2007. Prior to Schaeffler, he was vice president of marketing at Dorman Products. Hanvey’s background also includes marketing and management positions with FleetPride and Tenneco Automotive.

“It is my honor to have been selected as the next CEO of the Auto Care Association and to build upon the foundation that Kathleen Schmatz and the entire Auto Care Association team have built,” Hanvey said in a statement. “We are an industry undergoing tremendous transformation, and I look forward to leading the association in providing the global business intelligence, collaboration and advocacy to ensure our members’ success.

“The ultimate right for the consumer to not only choose where to have their vehicle serviced and repaired but to determine who has access to the data communicated from their vehicle via telematics is the cornerstone of the independent auto care industry, and we must preserve that. We are fortunate to have extremely talented people with diverse skills in our industry, and their engagement in the association will be instrumental to our attainment of these goals now and in the future."

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