Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI), a Fortune 500 automotive
retailer, today announced the appointment of Philip W. Bres as vice
president of variable operations effective March 5.
Bres, 57, will be responsible for implementing initiatives to drive
marketing and sales efficiencies. He will report directly to Randy L.
Callison, Group 1's senior vice president of operations and corporate
Bres has more than 25 years of automotive industry expertise. After
beginning his career with an import manufacturer, he has held a variety
of positions in sales management, operations and consulting at various
large dealer groups and individual dealerships. Most recently he served
as principal of AutoCareers.com, an online placement service for
automotive retail personnel.
?We are fortunate to welcome an automotive
retailing veteran of Phil's caliber to our
management team,? said Earl J. Hesterberg,
Group 1's president and chief executive officer. ?His
distinct blend of experience will allow us to enhance our used car sales
initiatives, improve customer communications and examine how our
dealerships leverage the Internet.?
Bres earned a bachelor's degree in marketing
from Lamar University and an M.B.A. in business from Stephen F. Austin
About Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
Group 1 owns and operates 104 automotive dealerships, 143 franchises,
and 28 collision service centers in the United States and three
dealerships, six franchises and two collision centers in the United
Kingdom that offer 33 brands of automobiles. Through its dealerships,
the company sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related
financing, vehicle service and insurance contracts; provides maintenance
and repair services; and sells replacement parts.
Group 1 Automotive can be reached on the Internet at www.group1auto.com.