The Auto Care Association Board of Directors announced the appointment of Bill Hanvey as president and chief executive officer to succeed Kathleen Schmatz, who is retiring at the end of the year after leading the association for 14 years. Hanvey, who will assume responsibilities on December 1st, brings more than 25 years of experience in the auto care industry and most recently as Senior Vice President of Programs and Member Services at the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).
“On behalf of the board of directors, we welcome Bill Hanvey to the Auto Care Association,” said Rick Jago, chairman. “In his new role as chief executive Bill will be responsible for leading the association at this critical time, as the industry evolves and is witnessing rapid advances in technology, globalization and the reshaping of many traditional industry business models.”
Prior to joining AASA in 2012, Hanvey served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Schaeffler Group, a multi-billion-dollar tier one automotive parts manufacturer located in Germany. His extensive aftermarket career included Vice President of Marketing for Dorman Products and sales and marketing 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,” said Hanvey. “We are an industry undergoing tremendous transformation Auto Care Association logoand I look forward to leading the association in providing the global business intelligence, collaboration, and advocacy to ensure our member’s 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.”
AASA, the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), congratulated Hanvey on his appointment.
“Since joining AASA three years ago, Bill has served the needs of our members in delivering value and relevance,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer. “On a professional level, Bill and I see this as a unique opportunity for renewed collaboration and a spirit of cooperation between suppliers and channels partners. On a personal level, Bill has been a long-time friend. Together, we look to seize this moment to affect real change for our industry and our members. As important, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Kathleen on her retirement and for her many contributions and strong leadership over these last 14 years.”
A search for a new vice president has begun. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Cindy Kirker, MEMA director of human resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.