Samara named president and MD at GM Europe
Mahmoud Samara was appointed to serve as General Motors’ president and managing director of GM Europe, effective Dec. 1.
With more than 15 years on the GM team, Samara’s role is to build and lead the mobility startup business in Europe, including making deliberate decisions on where and how the company will compete in the European market, according to a GM statement.
Previously, Samara served as vice president of North America for Cadillac, where he was responsible for sales, service and marketing for the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In addition, he held management roles at the Oshawa Assembly Plant in Canada and spent seven years in management for General Motors Middle East.
Samara will be based in Zurich, Switzerland, where he will report to GM Senior Vice President and President GM International Steven Kiefer.
“Mahmoud comes to this role with a really impressive track record,” Kiefer said in the statement. “His mission is to transform our current operations into a non-traditional mobility startup in the region, identifying entrepreneurial opportunities to commercialize our global growth strategy investments in Europe.”
New leadership on Motorcycle Industry Council
The 2021 Motorcycle Industry Council election resulted in the selection of Chuck Boderman and Bill Jenkins as chairman and vice chairman, respectively.
Boderman serves as the vice president of the general administration business unit at American Honda Motor Co., and Jenkins is the senior vice president of sales and operations for Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Previous Chairman Paul Vitrano, who was affiliated with the council for more than 20 years, is stepping out of his role and into the executive leadership team of a new company operating the GEM and Taylor-Dunn businesses being divested by Polaris, according to a Motorcycle Industry Council statement.
“I’m honored to have the confidence of my fellow board members to fill the role of chair of the board for the Motorcycle Industry Council, and I look forward to helping our industry meet the opportunities of the 21st century,” Boderman said.
Lightico appoints Dobo as SVP
Jeff Dobo was named Lightico’s vice president of sales in North America, effective Dec. 1.
Dobo previously served as regional vice president of sales at NICE, senior director of sales integration at Bluewater Technologies Group and vice president of enterprise sales at Black Box Network Services.
“Jeff has an impressive track record of building, leading and scaling enterprise sales organizations and I’m confident that his experience will allow us to continue driving value at scale to top brands in North America,” Lightico Chief Revenue Officer Gilad Komorov said in a statement.
The announcement of his latest position follows the recent appointment of Moti Gabay as vice president of global partnerships and alliances as Lightico continues its growth efforts.
Stephens is the new chief sales officer at AutoPayPlus
AutoPayPlus appointed John Stephens as the loan processor’s chief sales officer, effective Dec. 15.
Stephens has more than 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry with management positions at EFG Companies and 16 years at Mac Haik Auto Group where he served as the finance and insurance director, used car manager, new car director and general sales manager, according to an AutoPayPlus statement.
In his new role, Stephens is expected to take the financial management service “to an even higher level,” AutoPayPlus Chief Executive Robert Steenbergh said in the statement.
Kalfus steps up at Black Book
After 12 years on the Black Book team, Jared Kalfus has been promoted to president of the company, effective Dec. 14.
Prior to his promotion, Kalfus served as Black Book’s vice president of revenue. He previously held leadership roles at Cox Automotive, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and CarsDirect.com.
As president he will lead the vehicle pricing and analytical services company while adding more value to its consumers, Kalfus said in a statement.