Learn more about the members of the Element Fleet Management Senior Leadership Team.
President and CEO
Kristi Webb is President and CEO of Element's fleet management business. 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.
Sébastien Blondin is responsible for leading Element's fleet management business in Canada. Before being promoted to this position in 2015, he was Regional Vice President, Eastern Canada for three years. He gained extensive experience in the fleet management industry through increasingly responsible roles at GE Capital and GE Capital Fleet, Canada. Blondin earned his BAA degree in Finance from the Université de Sherbrooke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Thomas Keilty leads Operations teams including call centers, ordering, title and licensing, and implementation; serving Element's fleet management customers across North America. He joined PHH Arval (now Element) in 1995 as Manager, Title Services, and his leadership responsibilities grew steadily to include Shift Operations, Fleet Administration, New Vehicle Ordering, and Used Vehicle Operations. He was Vice President in the Customer and Vehicle Services organization prior to his promotion to Senior Vice President. In 2009, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Before joining the company, he gained more than 12 years of customer service and operations management experience at various organizations, including American Express.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Integration
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.
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.