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Leadership Team

Learn more about the members of the Element Fleet Leadership Team.

 

 

 

 

Executive Leadership Team

 

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Bradley Nullmeyer

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Bradley Nullmeyer was appointed as President of Element Financial Corporation in September of 2012 and became the CEO of Element Fleet Management Corp., upon the separation of Element Financial into two companies in the fall of 2016.

As co-founder of Newcourt Credit Group in 1984, he had lead responsibility for corporate acquisitions and the development of Newcourt's major international vendor finance programs and joint ventures. Mr. Nullmeyer served as President of Vendor Finance for CIT USA until 2001 and more recently as Co-CEO of OTEC Research Limited, a Canadian health products research enterprise.

He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the board of directors of ECN Capital, a North American commercial finance business. Mr. Nullmeyer also serves as a member of the Board of Element Fleet Management Corp. and The Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. From 2001 to 2017, he served as chair of the Audit Committee of the board of directors of DH Corporation, a global financial technology provider, until it was sold to Vista Capital Partners in a private transaction. Additionally, he continues to be very active in amateur sports, particularly alpine skiing and community based hockey leagues in Toronto.

Mr. Nullmeyer earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in 1982 and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1984.

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Dan Jauernig

President and COO ​Element Fleet Management Corp.

Dan Jauernig is Chief Operating Officer of Element Fleet Management Corp. following his role as Executive Vice President when he joined Element in November 2014.

Mr. Jauernig brings an exceptionally strong background in both finance and business operations to Element, including more than 24 years of financial services experience. He joined Element from his previous role as President & CEO of Classified Ventures / Cars.com (now Cars.com Inc. NYSE (CARS)),, a leading provider of online automotive research, reviews and advertising in the U.S, where under his leadership the company’s revenue grew nearly 20-fold. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jauernig served as Chief Financial Officer of Newcourt Credit Group and President of Newcourt Services.

A cross-border professional, Mr. Jauernig holds the Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) designations. He currently serves as chair of the Risk Committee of the Board of Directors of HomEquity Bank and as a director on Torstar’s (TSE: TS-B) Board of Directors.

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Samir Zabaneh

Chief Financial Officer ​Element Fleet Management Corp.

Samir Zabaneh was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Element Fleet Management Corp. in January 2017. He is a seasoned Chief Financial Officer and brings valuable strategic, operations and financial technology expertise to Element.

Prior to his appointment at Element, Mr. Zabaneh was the Chief Financial Officer of Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY), a leading provider of electronic payment and related technology platforms, where Mr. Zabaneh was responsible for all financial aspects of the company, including reporting, treasury, tax, financial planning, corporate development and M&A. In addition, Mr. Zabaneh was responsible for investor relations and related communication, as well as the development and implementation of the corporate strategy. Heartland was acquired by Global Payments in April 2016, and Mr. Zabaneh was instrumental in overseeing the integration.

Previously, Mr. Zabaneh held senior leadership roles in finance, strategy and operations at Moneris Solutions, Fortress Investment Group, Q9 Networks, CIT, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, having started his career at Ernst & Young in Boston.

Mr. Zabaneh holds a Master of Science Degree in Finance from Boston College and an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston. Mr. Zabaneh is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA.

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Karen L. Martin

Executive Vice President and Treasurer Element Fleet Management Corp.

Ms. Martin began her career at Element as Treasurer of Element Financial in September 2012, and is currently serving as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Element Fleet Management Corp.

Ms. Martin has served in various senior management, treasury and finance positions at a number of private and public financial services companies over the past 25 years including eight years at Xceed Mortgage Corporation including serving as President and Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to joining Xceed, she served in a number of management and treasury positions with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Ms. Martin holds the professional independent director designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto's Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, in addition to being a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Ms. Martin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

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Kristi Webb

President and CEO Element Fleet Management North America

Kristi Webb is President and CEO of Element Fleet Management North America. Prior to this role, she was President and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services which was acquired by Element Financial in 2015. Previously, Webb was general manager of the GE Capital Dealer Finance business, and held key leadership roles in marketing, operations and quality. Before joining GE, Webb gained leadership experience at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. She earned her BS and MA degrees from West Virginia University.

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Jim Halliday

President and CEO ​Element Fleet Management International

As President and CEO, Element Fleet Management International, Jim is focused on strategic growth initiatives. In this capacity, he oversees Element’s global fleet offerings as well as any mergers and acquisitions related to fleet. Prior to this role, Mr. Halliday served as President and CEO of Element’s fleet management business. He has held a series of leadership roles during his 10 years with the company, including Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for North American operations and, prior to that, President of PHH Canada. Earlier in his career, he held operations and management positions with Fundata Canada, Hollinger Mutual Fund Group and Vincent Associates. Halliday earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario as well as an MBA from the University's Richard Ivey School of Business. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School's Leadership Development Program and Darden Business School's Management Development Program.

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Mary Barcellos

Executive Vice President Human Resources Element Fleet Management Corp.

Mary Barcellos is responsible for leading the global human resources organization. She has more than 30 years of experience, leveraging her former roles in finance in finance, operations, and HR at MCAP Financial Corporation. Prior to Element, Mary ran her own consulting practice. In addition to her CA CPA and CHRL, she holds the Human Resources and Compensation Committee designation through The Directors College of DeGroote School of Business. Barcellos holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Western Ontario.

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David Colman

General Counsel

David Colman is the general counsel for Element Fleet Management. He joined Element in 2017 after 5 years at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.  Previously, Colman worked for an international investment bank.

He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Washington and Lee University, and his law degree and a masters of international relations from the University of Toronto.

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John Wall

Chief Technology Officer Element Fleet Management Corp.

John Wall leads the technology and IT organization, charged with creating transformative opportunities for the fleet industry. Prior to joining Element in 2015, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Symcor, one of Canada's leading financial processing services providers. While there he transformed the organization from legacy platforms to modern, secure, country scale cloud-based solutions, providing customers with reliable and scalable solutions for both analytics and transactional services. Before that, he held positions of increasing responsibility in the healthcare and financial services industries, earning seven patents along the way. Wall received his Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

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Kathryn Parkinson

Chief Credit Officer Element Fleet Management Corp.

Kathryn Parkinson is Chief Credit Officer responsible for fleet management credit and risk management in both the United States and Canada. In this role, she is charged with evolving the Company's credit and underwriting processes and enhancing the partnership with Sales and Business Development teams to deliver Element's targets for growth and portfolio management. Prior to this, Parkinson served as Senior Vice President, Credit, for Element Commercial & Vendor Finance in Horsham, PA. Before joining Element in 2013, she was Chief Credit Officer for CIT Finance, U.S. Vendor Finance Division, responsible for a $2.5 billion lease/loan portfolio; she also served as chair of the Business Segment Investment committee and Chief Risk Officer for CIT's U.S. Vendor Finance business. Parkinson earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University and is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Institute. 

 

 

 

 

North American Leadership Team

 

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Kristi Webb

President and CEO Element Fleet Management North America

Kristi Webb is President and CEO of Element Fleet Management North America. Prior to this role, she was President and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services which was acquired by Element Financial in 2015. Previously, Webb was general manager of the GE Capital Dealer Finance business, and held key leadership roles in marketing, operations and quality. Before joining GE, Webb gained leadership experience at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. She earned her BS and MA degrees from West Virginia University.

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Michele Cunningham

Senior Vice President, Products and Services

Michele Cunningham leads the Products and Services team for fleet management, driving the growth and development of innovative solutions for customers. In addition, she is highly involved in expanding Element global value proposition, building on the Element-Arval alliance. Michele has over 20 years of business-to-business marketing and strategic planning experience with such companies as Random House, AT&T Capital Corp., and Williams Scotsman. She also gained expertise in technology-based analytics and software during her years with Neuristics, a data mining and analytics company, and THINQ, an enterprise software company. Cunningham received her BA in psychology from the University of Virginia and has earned professional certificates from Arizona State University's School of Business and from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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Paul Danielson

Senior Vice President, Legal

Paul Danielson is the chief legal counsel for Element's North American fleet management business, leading the legal and contracts teams to support the growth of the business and ensure high standards. He joined PHH Arval (now Element) in 2008 after 10 years of private practice experience. He has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions within the Legal department, becoming a Vice President in 2011. In 2014 he was named General Counsel and became a member of the Senior Leadership Team. He received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Indiana University.

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Chris Gittens

President, Canada

Chris Gittens is responsible for leading Element's fleet management business in Canada. Before being promoted to this position in 2017, he served as Chief Commercial Officer, Canada for four years. He gained extensive experience in the fleet management industry through increasingly responsible roles at GE Capital and GE Capital Fleet, Canada. Gittens earned his BHA degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Mark Hayes

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Mark Hayes leads the North American marketing team, focused on presenting a differentiated value proposition to the fleet market, and positioning Element's fleet management business for growth in new and existing markets. He is based in Eden Prairie. Hayes was Chief Marketing Officer for GE Capital Fleet Services beginning in 2012 and has been successful in senior marketing leadership roles for more than 25 years. He previously has held senior marketing leadership roles with GE Capital Retail Finance (now Synchrony) and US Bancorp. Mark holds a bachelor's degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School Of Business.

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Bradley Howatt

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Bradley Howatt leads the North American Finance organization, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in finance and operations leadership and deep fleet industry expertise to this role. Previously, he was at PHH Vehicle Management Services for nearly 20 years in a series of finance, accounting and operational roles, ultimately serving as PHH's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining PHH, Bradley held operational, accounting and finance positions with increasing responsibility in the life safety and steel manufacturing industries. Howatt received his bachelor's degree from Towson University, earned an MBA from the University of Baltimore, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Kenneth Johnson

Senior Vice President, Operations

Ken Johnson leads the U.S. Operations organization – including contact centers, ordering, maintenance, remarketing, billing, title and licensing, and on-road program administration – serving Element's customers across North America. He joined GE Capital Fleet Services (now Element) in 1996 where he's gained more than 20 years of leadership experience in various roles. Johnson most recently served as Managing Director of Fleet Partnership Solutions and a few years prior he held the role of President for Fleet Services, Canada, GE Commercial Finance. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Drake University and is a certified Master Black Belt in Six Sigma methodology.

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David Madrigal

President, Mexico

David Madrigal leads Element's Fleet Management business in Mexico. With more than 15 years of experience he has held roles of increasing responsibility across Sales, Risk, Marketing, Operations, Project Management and Business Development. Throughout his career, Madrigal has achieved a successful record of generating revenues, increasing market penetration, reducing costs and improving business performance. David holds a bachelor's degree from Universidad Iberoamericana and and MBA from Universidad Panamericana IPADE Business School.

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Jon Parker

Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Jon Parker leads the North American Commercial organization, including sales and fleet management services (FMS). Based in Eden Prairie, Parker was the GE Capital Fleet Services Chief Commercial Officer beginning in 2010. Prior to joining the fleet services team, he held successful commercial leadership roles over the past 20 years with GE Capital's lending and leasing businesses. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from DePauw University in Indiana.

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Julie Peyer

Senior Vice President, Compliance

Julie Peyer is responsible for Fleet's risk governance by promoting an employee culture of risk awareness and accountability through training, education, and risk management support. Julie has 15 years experience with Element through various controllership and accounting roles under GE Capital Americas and GE Fleet Services. She previously served as the Compliance Officer in Eden Prairie, where she worked with the business to determine the proper framework to manage compliance risk. Peyer received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Matthew Salm

Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Sourcing

Matthew Salm is responsible for North American strategic alliances and sourcing operations for fleet management, including procurement and collaboration with Products and Services on strategic alliances. Matthew joined Element in 2013 and was named Vice President of strategic alliances in 2015. He has been in fleet industry leadership roles since 2010. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

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Mary Sticha

Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence

Mary Sticha leads Integration for Element's fleet management business and is charged with bringing together the organization to meet Element's vision for fleet management. Mary joined Element upon the Company's acquisition of GE Capital Fleet Services in 2015. Previously, she held a number of leadership roles in Product Management, Customer Service, Operations, and Sales throughout a 28-year tenure with GE Capital Fleet Services. Mary is an active participant in the fleet industry, including Board roles with NAFA, AFLA and AALA. She completed NAFA's Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) program in 2013, and was named one of the Top 25 Women Fleet Professionals by Automotive Fleet in 2012.

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David Telep

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

David Telep is responsible for leading Element's North American Human Resources team for fleet management. Previously, David led human resources at GE Capital Fleet Services since 2011, and has been in HR leadership positions at GE for 15 years. In his current role, David is focused on driving a unified culture that values employee engagement, while ensuring that the Company has the right organizations in place to deliver on a vision for growth and commitment to customers. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Boston College.

 

 

 

 

International Leadership Team

 

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Jim Halliday

President and CEO ​Element Fleet Management International

As President and CEO, Element Fleet Management International, Jim is focused on strategic growth initiatives. In this capacity, he oversees Element’s global fleet offerings as well as any mergers and acquisitions related to fleet. Prior to this role, Mr. Halliday served as President and CEO of Element’s fleet management business. He has held a series of leadership roles during his 10 years with the company, including Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for North American operations and, prior to that, President of PHH Canada. Earlier in his career, he held operations and management positions with Fundata Canada, Hollinger Mutual Fund Group and Vincent Associates. Halliday earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario as well as an MBA from the University's Richard Ivey School of Business. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School's Leadership Development Program and Darden Business School's Management Development Program.

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Aaron Baxter

CEO Custom Fleet Australia and New Zealand

Aaron Baxter is CEO of Custom Fleet Australia and New Zealand, part of the world’s largest fleet leasing business – Element Fleet Management.

He led Custom Fleet through its transition in ownership from GE Capital to Element, a Canadian-owned enterprise that has a global alliance with Arval.

Aaron, was appointed CEO in September 2015 after negotiating Custom Fleet’s acquisition, and brings extensive expertise in financial services, growth and innovation strategies across a number of consumer and commercial businesses. He had previously held senior positions with GE Capital, including Managing Director of Commercial with responsibility for strategy and operations across its Australia and New Zealand business units: fleet services, equipment finance, corporate finance and distribution finance.

Prior to that, he was CEO of GE Capital New Zealand and Country Leader General Electric, having also worked in GE Retailer Solutions (Australia).

Aaron is now overseeing the Custom Fleet’s transformation into a sophisticated data and analytics company, supporting its fleet clients with valuable data and insights to run their fleets more efficiently and safely.  He has committed $55million to innovation, including a new fleet management system, streamlined receivables management and online portals.

Custom Fleet has 2,400 customers in Australia and is the market leader in New Zealand with a 27 per cent market share. Its global reach now extends to 50 countries.

Aaron has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Economics) and an MBA from Victoria University in Melbourne.

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