Management & Directors

Management & Directors

Management

Roger S. Penske
Chair of the Board and CEO
Mr. Penske has served as our Chair and CEO since May 1999. Mr. Penske has also been Chairman of the Board and CEO of Penske Corporation since 1969. Mr. Penske has also been Chairman of the Board of Penske Truck Leasing Corporation since 1982. Mr. Penske serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Universal Technical Institute, and was formerly a director of General Electric Company and Internet Brands, Inc. in the previous five years. Mr. Penske also is a director of the Downtown Detroit Partnership and a director of Business Leaders for Michigan.
Robert H. Kurnick Jr.
President
Mr. Kurnick, Jr. has served as our President since April 2008. From March 2006 to April 2008 he served as our Vice Chairman and has been a director since May 2006. He also serves as President and a director of Penske Corporation, which he joined in 1995. Penske Corporation is a privately owned diversified transportation services company that holds, through its subsidiaries, interests in a number of businesses.
Claude (“Bud”) H. Denker, III
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Mr. Denker has served as our Executive Vice President, Human Resources since July 1, 2015. He also serves as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications of Penske Corporation, which he joined in 2005. Mr. Denker served as our Executive Vice President – Marketing from 2005 to June 2015. Prior to joining us, Mr. Denker served as Vice President, Brand and Market Development for Eastman Kodak Company from 2001-2005.
J.D. Carlson
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Carlson has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since June 16, 2015 and as our Senior Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer since May 3, 2011. Mr. Carlson has served as our Corporate Controller since April 2006. Prior to joining us, Mr. Carlson was Corporate Controller for Tecumseh Products. He was previously a Senior Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers, an accounting and financial advisory services firm, which he joined in 1995.
George Brochick
Executive Vice President, Strategic Development
Mr. Brochick has served as Executive Vice President of Strategic Development since July 1, 2012. Prior to this he served as Executive Vice President of our Western Region since December 2002. He joined PAG in 1996 upon the sale of the former Sun Automotive Group to Penske Automotive. In addition to his current executive functions, Mr. Brochick has held numerous dealership general manager positions throughout his automotive career.

From 1977 to 1984, prior to entering the automobile business, Mr. Brochick served as Vice President, Operations, for Southwest Kenworth, Inc. Mr. Brochick also held the position of Director, Marketing Services, for Euclid, Inc., a division of Daimler-Benz, A.G., with worldwide responsibilities for market research and technical field studies.

Mr. Brochick currently serves as a Board Member of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.
Gerard Nieuwenhuys
Chairman of the Sytner Group
Mr. Nieuwenhuys Chairman of Sytner since September 2014. His earlier career with Sytner began in November 1990, when Mr. Nieuwenhuys joined the company as Sales Manager when it was a single BMW dealership in Nottingham. He was appointed Sales Director of BMW Nottingham in 1992, becoming Managing Director of that dealership in 1993 to coincide with the Group's first acquisition. In 1996, he became Operations Director of the Group, and was appointed Joint Managing Director in 2003.

Prior to joining Sytner Group, Mr. Nieuwenhuys was employed at Inchape as Sales Executive becoming Sales Manager of two dealerships in 1983. Mr. Nieuwenhuys served as Managing Director of the Sytner Group from May 2005 to September 2014.
R. Whitfield Ramonat
Executive Vice President, Central Operations
Mr. Ramonat has served as Executive Vice President since May 2005.

Upon joining PAG in October 1999, Mr. Ramonat served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturer Relations until November 2003. From December 2003 until December 2005 Mr. Ramonat managed the Brand Team with PAG's OEM partners as Senior Vice President, Manufacturer Relations. In May 2005, Mr. Ramonat was promoted to Executive Vice President, Penske Automotive Group, and in December of the same year, Mr. Ramonat assumed the responsibility for PAG's Central Region, in addition to his brand responsibilities.

From 1986 to 1999, Mr. Ramonat was employed with Nissan North America, where he held various sales and marketing positions, including Director, Sales Operations for Nissan Division, and Director, Business Planning for Nissan North America.
John Cragg
Executive Vice President, East Operations
Mr. Cragg has served as Executive Vice President of our Eastern Region since July 1, 2012. Most recently, he had been Divisional Managing Director – Volkswagen Group, overseeing Sytner Group’s Southern Market area since June 2005. In 2004, John held the position of Audi Franchise Director in Sytner’s Northern Market area. Mr. Cragg began his automotive career in 1987 and joined the Sytner Group in March 1994, where he established himself as the number one sales executive within the Sytner Direct sales operation.
Bernie Wolfe
Executive Vice President, West Operations
Mr. Wolfe has served as Executive Vice President of our Western Region since July 1, 2012. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President of our Eastern Region since March 2008. Prior to this he had been the Area Vice President responsible for the company’s Southern California businesses. Mr. Wolfe has served in various capacities with PAG since 1999 after a 25-year career with Toyota Motors USA.
Shane M. Spradlin
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Spradlin has served as our Executive Vice President since February 2010, our General Counsel since December 2007, and our Corporate Secretary since March 2004. Mr. Spradlin joined our Company in March 2003. From 1999 to 2003, he served as Corporate Counsel to Nextel Communications in Reston, Virginia. From 1995 through 1999, Mr. Spradlin was an associate with the New York and Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins, specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Anthony R. Pordon
Executive Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Development
Mr. Pordon has served as Executive Vice President since May 2011. Prior to that Mr. Pordon served as Senior Vice President since January 2006 and Vice President since July 2001. Mr. Pordon’s primary responsibilities include Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Corporate Development, including the responsibility for establishing, directing and maintaining Penske Automotive’s communication strategies and representation on Wall Street with the buy-side and sell-side analyst community.

Mr. Pordon has 19 years of experience in fields related to the automotive industry.

Prior to entering the retail automobile business, Mr. Pordon served in various capacities at Detroit Diesel Corporation, a $2 billion manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines. Prior to Detroit Diesel, Mr. Pordon was an auditor for five years at Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Terri Mulcahey
Executive Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
Ms. Mulcahey has served as our Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development since July 1, 2015. Prior to that Ms. Mulcahey served as our Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development from July 1, 2012, and as our Vice President, Business Development from April 9, 2007. Before joining PAG, Ms. Mulcahey served in various roles at the Reynolds and Reynolds Company for 20 years, including the role as Senior Vice President of Sales and Service for North America operations.
Rich Hook
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Mr. Hook has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer since May 1, 2015. Prior to that he served as our Vice President, IT Infrastructure since July 2009. Before joining the company in 2009, Mr. Hook held various positions at Arthur Andersen LLP, H&R Block Financial Advisors and Federal-Mogul Corporation.
Darren Edwards
Managing Director of the Sytner Group
Mr. Edwards has served as Managing Director of Sytner since September 2014.

Darren joined the Sytner Group in 2004 as a sales manager in the BMW division and eventually became a Dealer Principal, most recently at BMW High Wycombe.

Darren then went to become the Franchise Director for BMW South and most recently was the Divisional Managing Director for the Volkswagen Group dealerships.
Richard P. Shearing
President, Premier Truck Group
Richard “Rich” Shearing, President of Premier Truck Group since February, 2015, has oversight for all North American commercial truck dealership operations. Mr. Shearing began his career with Detroit Diesel in 1997 as an application engineer, and manager of that department from 2004 to 2007. In 2007 he accepted a position with the Sterling and Western Star division of Daimler Trucks North America as the head of Product. Mr. Shearing then moved to the Freightliner brand as the Director of Worldwide Product Strategy. In 2012 he returned to the Detroit division as the General Manager of Freightliner’s powertrain components and in 2013 filled the role of Vice President of National Account Sales.

Board of Directors

Roger S. Penske
Chair of the Board and CEO
Mr. Penske has served as our Chair and CEO since May 1999. Mr. Penske has also been Chairman of the Board and CEO of Penske Corporation since 1969. Mr. Penske has also been Chairman of the Board of Penske Truck Leasing Corporation since 1982. Mr. Penske serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Universal Technical Institute, and was formerly a director of General Electric Company and Internet Brands, Inc. in the previous five years. Mr. Penske also is a director of the Downtown Detroit Partnership and a director of Business Leaders for Michigan.
John Barr
Retired Chairman – Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Barr has served as a Director since December 2002. Mr. Barr is the past Chairman of Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc., a franchisor and operator of the largest Take N Bake pizza brand in the U.S. Prior to his appointment as Chairman in 2009, Mr. Barr was the company’s Chief Executive Officer from April, 2004 to January, 2012. From 1999 until April, 2004, Mr. Barr served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Automotive Performance Industries, a vehicle transportation service provider. Prior thereto, Mr. Barr was President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as a member of the Board of Directors, of Quaker State Corporation from June 1995 to 1999. Prior to joining Quaker State, Mr. Barr spent 25 years with the Valvoline Company, a subsidiary of Ashland Inc., where he was President and Chief Executive Officer from 1987 to 1995. Mr. Barr also serves on the Board of Directors of United Road Services, a leading provider of transportation services and logistics in North America.
Lisa Davis
Chair and CEO, Siemens Corporation, USA
Ms. Davis has served as the Chair and CEO of Siemens Corporation, USA, a division of Siemens, AG since January 1, 2017. Since August 2014, Ms. Davis has also served as a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, responsible for the company’s Oil & Gas and Power Generation businesses, as well as for the Region North America and South America. From 2012 to August 2014, Ms. Davis served as Executive Vice President, Strategy, Portfolio & Alternative Energy of Royal Dutch Shell, UK. Prior to that, Ms. Davis served in various capacities with Royal Dutch Shell, Texaco and Exxon Corporation.
Wolfgang Dürheimer
Retired Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors Ltd.
Mr. Dürheimer served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors Ltd., from April 2014 to January 2018 as well as President of Bugatti Automobiles S.S.A. and Bugatti International S.A. Prior to that Mr. Dürheimer held various positions within Volkswagen AG and its subsidiaries. From 1999 until 2011, Mr. Dürheimer worked for Porsche AG, where he was a member of the Board of Management responsible for research and development. Prior to joining Porsche in 1999, he worked fourteen years with BMW where he held various managerial roles.
Michael R. Eisenson
Founding Partner and Co-Chairman of Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC
Mr. Eisenson has served as a director since December 1993. He has served as the Co-Chairman of Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, a private investment firm and the successor to Harvard Private Capital Group, Inc. since July 1, 2017. Previously, he was a Managing Director and CEO of Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, which he founded in 1998. Mr. Eisenson is also a director of a number of private companies. In the previous five years, Mr. Eisenson was formerly a director of Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P., Montpelier RE Holdings Ltd., and CIFC Corp.
Robert H. Kurnick Jr.
President of Penske Automotive Group
Mr. Kurnick, Jr. has served as our President since April 2008. From March 2006 to April 2008 he served as our Vice Chairman and has been a director since May 2006. He also serves as President and a director of Penske Corporation, which he joined in 1995. Penske Corporation is a privately owned diversified transportation services company that holds, through its subsidiaries, interests in a number of businesses.
Kimberly J. McWaters
President and CEO of Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Ms. McWaters has served as CEO of Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (“UTI”), a nationwide provider of technical educational training for individuals seeking careers as professional automotive technicians since October 2003, and as a director of the company since December 2004. From February 2000 to February 2011, Ms. McWaters served as President of UTI. From 1984 until 2000, Ms. McWaters held several positions at UTI including Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ms. McWaters also currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Mobile Mini, Inc.
Roger S. Penske Jr.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SoCal Penske Dealer Group
Mr. Penske has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SoCal Penske, a group of new car dealerships in Southern California, since 2008. He previously served as our President from January 2007 through March 2008. From July 2003 to January 2007, Mr. Penske, Jr., served as our Executive Vice President – East Operations and from January 2001 to July 2003 he served as our President – Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Penske, Jr., serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Penske Corporation, has served on the advisory committee of Penske Truck Leasing and is the son of our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Sandra E. Pierce
Senior Executive Vice President - Private Client Group & Regional Banking Director, and Chairman Huntington Michigan
Ms. Pierce has served as a director since December 2012. Since August 2016, Ms. Pierce has served as Senior Executive Vice President - Private Client Group & Regional Banking Director, and Chairman Huntington Michigan. Ms. Pierce leads the Private Client Group, Public Affairs, Corporate Communications and Regional Marketing teams. From February 1, 2013, until their August 2016 merger with Huntington, Ms. Pierce served as Vice Chairman of FirstMerit Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of FirstMerit Michigan. From 2005 until June 2012, Ms. Pierce served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Charter One Bank Michigan, a division of RBS Citizens, N.A. ("RBS") where she had responsibilities for commercial banking and all state bank activities in Michigan as well as oversight of all state activities in Illinois and Ohio. From 1978 through 2004, Ms. Pierce served as Regional Executive of Midwest Retail Operations for JPMorgan Chase, with responsibilities for Michigan and Indiana, and she held a number of management positions in the retail, commercial lending, and private banking businesses at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor companies, Bank One, First Chicago NBD Corp. and NBD Bancorp. Ms. Pierce has performed leadership duties with numerous civic organizations, including Chairman and Trustee of Henry Ford Health System, Inc. since January 2012.
Kanji Sasaki
Senior Vice President of International Business Development of Penske Automotive Group
Mr. Sasaki is currently an employee of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Japan) and has held several positions with Mitsui since April, 1992. Mr. Sasaki served as the General Manager of Mitsui’s First Motor Vehicles Division, Second Business Department from July 2013 to June 2014. From August 2011 to June 2013, he served as a General Manager in Mitsui’s Motor Vehicles Americas Division, Penske & Logistics Business Department. From June 2007 to June 2011, Mr. Sasaki was on secondment to Hino Motors Sales U.S.A, Inc. serving as a Senior Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Greg C. Smith
Principal Greg C. Smith LLC and retired Vice Chairman of Ford Motor Company
Mr. Smith has been a director of the Company since August 2017. Mr. Smith, a retired Vice Chairman of Ford Motor Company, currently serves as Principal of Greg C. Smith LLC, a private management consulting firm, a position he has held since 2007. Previously, Mr. Smith was employed by Ford Motor Company for over 30 years until 2006. Mr. Smith held various executive-level management positions at Ford Motor Company, most recently serving as Vice Chairman from 2005 until 2006, Executive Vice President and President — Americas from 2004 until 2005, Group Vice President — Ford Motor Company and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer — Ford Motor Credit Company from 2002 to 2004, Vice President, Ford Motor Company, and President and Chief Operating Officer, Ford Motor Credit Company, from 2001 to 2002. As Vice Chairman, Mr. Smith was responsible for Ford’s Corporate Strategy and Staffs, including Human Resources and Labor Affairs, Information Technology, and Automotive Strategy. During his career at Ford, Mr. Smith ran several major business units and had extensive experience in Financial Services, Strategy, Marketing and Sales, Engineering and Product Development. Mr. Smith also was responsible for Hertz when Ford owned it, and, in 2005, Automotive Components Holdings, the portion of Visteon that Ford repurchased. Currently, Mr. Smith serves as a director of Lear Corporation and formerly served as a director of Penske Corporation and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Solutia Inc. Mr. Smith is a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and also serves on the Risk Oversight Advisory Council. Mr. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.
Ronald G. Steinhart
Retired Chairman and CEO of Commercial Banking Group - Bank One Corporation
Mr. Steinhart has served as a director since March 2001. Mr. Steinhart served as Chairman and CEO, Commercial Banking Group, of Bank One Corporation from December 1996 until his retirement in January 2000. From January 1995 to December 1996, Mr. Steinhart was Chairman and CEO of Bank One, Texas, N.A. Mr. Steinhart joined Bank One in connection with its merger with Team Bank, which he founded in 1988. Mr. Steinhart also serves as a director of Southcross Energy Partners, L.P., Susser Holdings Corporation and Texas Industries Inc. In the previous five years, Mr. Steinhart formerly served as a director of Animal Health International, Inc. and Penson Worldwide, Inc and as a Trustee of the MFS/Compass Group of mutual funds.
H. Brian Thompson
Executive Chairman of GTT Communications, Inc.
Mr. Thompson has served as a director since March 2002. Mr. Thompson is Executive Chairman of Global Telecom & Technology (GTT). Mr. Thompson continues to head his own private equity investment and advisory firm, Universal Telecommunications, Inc. From December 2002 to June 2007, Mr. Thompson was Chairman of Comsat International, one of the largest independent telecommunications operators serving all of Latin America. He also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Global TeleSystems Group, Inc. from March 1999 through September of 2000. Mr. Thompson was Chairman and CEO of LCI International from 1991 until its merger with Qwest Communications International Inc. in June 1998. Mr. Thompson became Vice Chairman of the board for Qwest until his resignation in December 1998. Mr. Thompson previously served as Executive Vice President of MCI Communications Corporation from 1981 to 1990, and prior to MCI, was a management consultant with the Washington, DC offices of McKinsey & Company for nine years, where he specialized in the management of telecommunications. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Pendrell Corporation and Sonus Networks, Inc. Mr. Thompson received his MBA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business, and holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
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