Groupe Del Vasto has announced a new corporate structured designed to position the Eastern Canada automotive aftermarket distributor, store operator, and franchisor for long-term growth and succession.
Mauro Cifelli, President and CEO of Groupe Del Vasto, made the announcement.
“As Groupe Del Vasto’s family of companies continues to grow and we look at the opportunities and challenges of the future, it is important to ensure we remain focused strategically and structured appropriately. Organizational changes are the next logical step in supporting our long-term succession plans, and the strong leadership team we have assembled will enable us to accelerate our decision-making and execution,” said Cifelli.
“Our founder and Chairman of the Board, John Del Vasto, has built Groupe Del Vasto into one of Canada’s leading automotive aftermarket companies with a strong commitment to its customers, employees, and channel partners. The realignment of our leadership team will ensure we continue to be well-positioned for sustainable growth in the future and prepared to seize opportunities while staying true to our culture and values,” added Cifelli.
The changes outlined help deliver on Groupe Del Vasto’s goal of continually providing top-tier service to its customer base and increasing efficiencies across the organization.
Chief Operating Officer – Joey Miceli
Joey Miceli has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Groupe Del Vasto with oversight of all operational functions including logistics, procurement, customer service and sales for the distribution and corporate store business units. His extensive experience, spanning nearly 25 years, brings valuable leadership to the position to drive strategic initiatives and accountability. Combining sales and supply chain into one team under Joey’s leadership will accelerate the execution of Groupe Del Vasto’s go-to-market strategy. Prior to this appointment, Miceli was most recently Vice-president of Purchasing and Operations, where he was responsible for streamlining distribution and focused on sourcing, procurement and supply management.
Vice-president, Marketing and Corporate Development – Tony Del Vasto
Tony Del Vasto has been appointed to the position of Vice-president, Marketing and Corporate Development. In this new role, he will be responsible for developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies that reinforce the value of Groupe Del Vasto’s products and services. In addition to this, he will lead all merger and acquisition initiatives to drive strategic growth and expand Groupe Del Vasto’s market penetration across Canada. Del Vasto previously served as Groupe Del Vasto’s VP of Human Resources and VP of Information Technology; prior to joining the company in 2008, he held various management positions with Canadian Tire Corporation.
Vice-president, Finance and Administration – Martin Lacroix
Martin Lacroix has been appointed to the position of Vice-president, Finance and Administration with responsibility for the development of Groupe Del Vasto’s financial management strategy and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition, he will provide analytical support and advise the president and other key members of the senior management team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters. Lacroix has spent more than 25 years in the field of finance with several years of hands-on experience in managing corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Vice-president, Human Resources – Jo-Anne Constantin
Jo-Anne Constantin, Groupe Del Vasto’s Vice-president, Human Resources, will lead HR operations for Groupe Del Vasto’s distribution and corporate store business units, which include over 400 employees operating in 5 provinces. Her focus will be on developing and implementing a plan to align human resource priorities with strategic business initiatives. In this role, Constantin will oversee employee relations including identifying opportunities for developing and conserving human resources. She will be working closely with the president/CEO and senior management to facilitate and provide guidance in HR matters, interpreting and implementing policies and cultivate the company’s culture.Constantin, who joined Groupe Del Vasto in June 2016, has more than 25 years of experience in human resources management.
Vice-president, Innovation and Information Technology – Patrick Laframboise
Patrick Laframboise has been appointed to the position of Vice-president, Innovation and Information Technology. In addition to overseeing the management of information technologies and information services delivery,Laframboise will be called upon to create and instil a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, agile project delivery, and change management throughout the organization to help Groupe Del Vasto achieve its strategic objectives. His leadership and expertise in innovation and transformation will be crucial in supporting the growth, performance and efficiency of Groupe Del Vasto. Laframboise has worked for over 25 years in various IT, project, and change management positions, 15 of those in the aftermarket auto parts distribution sector.
Vice-president, Sales – Daniel Malandruccolo
As the Vice-president, Sales, Daniel Malandruccolo will be responsible for implementing the sales plan and overseeing all sales activities for Groupe Del Vasto. His focus will continue to be on service as a key differentiator, execute our customer proximity strategy and stay committed to providing our customers with the tools required to stay competitive. In addition,Malandruccolo will oversee the areas of customer service, corporate stores and Ottofran, Groupe Del Vasto’s franchising division. He will report to the COO and work closely with the VP of Supply Chain to align the sales function and operations to ensure consistent execution of best customer service practices to meet the needs of our customer base. He is an industry veteran with over 30 years of automotive experience including sales leadership positions with Vast Auto for the past 18 years.
Vice-president, Supply Chain – Nelson Estrela
Nelson Estrela, previously Director of Operations, has been appointed to the position of Vice-president, Supply Chain and will continue to report to Joey Miceli, Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he will oversee operations, procurement and product merchandising. Estrela will be responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships with our vendor partners as well as ensuring the optimization of work methods to sustain performance and service levels to our customers. In his new role, Nelson will manage day-to-day operations and will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating operations in support of the company’s growth and service level goals. For more than 20 years, he has held various operations management positions with Groupe Del Vasto.
For more information on Groupe Del Vasto, visit www.vastauto.com.