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Auto Care Association Names New President, CEO

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Oct. 30, 2015—The Auto Care Association board of directors announced on Thursday that Bill Hanvey will succeed Kathleen Schmatz as its new president and CEO.

Schmatz will retire at the end of the year after leading the association for 14 years. Hanvey will assume responsibilities on Dec. 1.

Hanvey brings over 25 years of experience in the auto care industry. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of programs and member services at the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). Before joining AASA in 2012, Hanvey served as vice president of sales and marketing for The Schaeffler Group.

“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.”

"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 and 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."   

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