Group 1 Appoints New Execs

By Staff Writer January 20, 2023

Group 1 Automotive, an automotive retailer with 204 dealerships in the U.S. and U.K., has appointed Gillian Hobson as senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary and Kimberly Barta as vice president and chief marketing officer.

Hobson joins Group 1 from Vinson & Elkins in Houston where she has served as a member of the firm’s management committee and as Group 1’s primary relationship attorney. During her 22-year tenure, she was part of the mergers and acquisition/capital markets practice group and represented public and private companies in corporate transactions. Hobson received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

Hobson succeeds Darryl M. Burman, who is retiring. Since 2006, Burman has been responsible for all domestic and international legal matters at Group 1.

As the first chief marketing officer at Group 1, Barta is responsible for leading the strategy, development, and execution of Group 1’s marketing, communications, and advertising initiatives. Prior to joining Group 1, Barta served in marketing leadership roles for brands including Nike’s innovation lab, SOREL, and Dr. Martens.

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