Cox Makes Leadership Changes

By Staff Writer June 25, 2020
Derek Hansen is stepping into a new role he's been Manheim’s VP of digital operations since June 2016, Derek Hansen is stepping into a new role he's been Manheim’s VP of digital operations since June 2016,

Cox Automotive has named three experienced leaders to new positions supporting its digital inventory efforts: Derek Hansen will now lead vAuto’s Stockwave and iRecon teams while Connie Suozzo and Blake Kennedy will take on new leadership roles in the Manheim Digital organization.

“With these new connections between Manheim and vAuto, clients will be able to acquire cars in a way that is linked to their retail strategies and unlock new opportunities for success,” said Paul Whitworth, senior vice president of inventory management solutions for Cox Automotive.”

Derek Hansen has been named vice president, wholesale for vAuto’s inventory management solutions, where he will focus on bringing inventory intelligence to bear in finding and facilitating connections between wholesale and retail. To accomplish this, Hansen will bridge the vehicle sourcing and reconditioning intelligence of Stockwave and iRecon with the Manheim infrastructure. Previously, Hansen led Manheim’s digital offsite platforms, including the launch of the Manheim Express app. Hansen joined the Cox Automotive team in January 2015 as senior director of strategic planning. Prior to that, he served in roles with Bain & Company, Deloitte Consulting and Intel Corp.

With Hansen’s move, Manheim Digital Vice President, Zach Hallowell, has named two new executives to his leadership team.

Connie Suozzo has been named associate vice president, open digital and offsite, where she will be responsible for the overall strategy and growth of Manheim’s dealer offsite efforts, with a strong focus on Manheim Express, Manheim.com and OVE. Suozzo joined Manheim in 2013 and has held various leadership positions. Most recently, she led Manheim Digital’s upstream client programs.

As associate vice president, private digital stores and optimizations, Blake Kennedy will lead and manage the platforms and programs across Manheim’s private store portfolio, as well as the M LOGIC suite of decisioning solutions, which include pricing, location and other optimization products. Previously, Kennedy spent five years on Manheim’s sales team, working with clients on their digital inventory management. Prior to joining Manheim, he spent 15 years with Openlane.

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