Cox Automotive Canada Announces the Additions of Laurent Villanueva, Paula Rietta, Ray Ramotar and Brian Murphy to its Senior Leadership Team - Cox Automotive Canada

Cox Automotive Canada Announces the Additions of Laurent Villanueva, Paula Rietta, Ray Ramotar and Brian Murphy to its Senior Leadership Team

Mississauga, ON—March 1, 2021— Cox Automotive Canada is pleased to welcome four industry leaders to its senior leadership team, reporting into Maria Soklis, President, Cox Automotive Canada & Cox Automotive Brazil.

“These leaders will further strengthen and diversify our leadership capability through their vast knowledge and experience and will play a strong role in supporting our organization as we transform the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars” said Maria Soklis.

A results-driven leader with extensive customer experience and business development background in the automotive industry, Laurent Villanueva has joined the team as Chief Customer Officer for Cox Automotive Canada. Laurent most recently held the position of Executive Vice President, Client Services at Dealer-FX and is fully bilingual.

Paula Rietta joins the team as Group General Counsel & Risk, Cox Automotive Canada & Cox Automotive Brazil.  Paula has vast global automotive and financial industry experience and most recently held the position of Vice President, Legal at Ford Credit Canada Company.

A leader with diversified experience in the automotive financial industry, Ray Ramotar joins the organization as the Managing Director, Dealer Lender Solutions (NextGear Capital), Cox Automotive Canada. Raymond most recently held the position of Director, Operations at BMO Automotive Finance.

Brian Murphy, a senior automotive industry professional with proven management and team leadership experience in marketing, market research, advertising, and communications, joins the team as Managing Director, KBB & Data Solutions, Cox Automotive Canada & Cox Automotive Brazil. Brian previously held the position of Vice President of Research & Analytics at Canadian Black Book.

“With these additions to an already strong group of leaders and nearly 1,000 incredible team members across the country, I’m further convinced of Cox Automotive Canada’s ability to guide and support our clients and our industry through a period of significant change and transformation,” added Soklis.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact Mark James, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications & Public Relations, Cox Automotive Canada at mark.james@coxautoinc.com.

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About Cox Automotive Canada Cox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. In Canada, the Cox Automotive family includes Clutch®, Dealertrack®, Dealer.com®, HomeNet®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, Modix®, NextGear Capital®, Ready Logistics®, RMS Automotive®, vAuto®, VinSolutions® and Xtime®, along with a host of other brands in other countries. The global company has 34,000 team members in more than 220 locations and is a partner to more than 50,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of 120-year-old Cox Enterprises, Inc., and serving the automotive industry since 1926, which has revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 55,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive Canada, visit coxautoinc.ca.

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