ATLANTA – As part of its continuing focus on serving customers in any way they choose, Manheim announced the promotion of Joe George to senior vice president, digital and in-lane product development. The new position is an expansion of George’s previous role as group vice president, Manheim Digital, and reflects Manheim’s strategy to continue developing innovative solutions that make it easy for customers to conduct business.
In this new role, George will oversee long-range product development processes including researching and analyzing new or improved products, services, and partnerships that provide strategic and unique competitive advantages. He remains responsible for the evolution of Manheim’s digital marketplace, including Manheim Simulcast, OVE.com, Manheim.com, mobile services and multiple product solution platforms. He will also maximize Manheim’s focus on leveraging the collective strengths of its digital and product in-lane lines.
“Joe’s deep in-lane auction experience and solid understanding of emerging digital trends positioned him well for this critical role,” said Janet Barnard, Manheim executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Joe has done a terrific job of listening to our customers and delivering the types of products and support they’ve asked for and need today, as well as in the future,” said Barnard.
George, an auto industry veteran, joined Manheim more than 21 years ago as a marketing/arbitration manager. Since then, he has held numerous positions within the Cox automotive family of businesses. He was one of AutoTrader.com’s first employees. He also held leadership positions at Cox AutoTrader and at Cox AutoTrader/AutoMart.
George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University. He remains active in the community by volunteering with Georgia Special Olympics, Society of St.Vincent de Paul, Marist Way and is on the Chairman Board of Trustees Notre Dame Academy.
As 2012 progresses, George will help Manheim continue to develop and blend digital and in-lane products in ways that drive business results for customers.
About Manheim (www.manheim.com)
Manheim is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 113 worldwide wholesale operating locations and digital services, Manheim influences every stage of a used vehicle’s life cycle, helping commercial sellers and automobile dealers maximize the full value of their vehicles. Drawing from its auction transaction volume, Manheim Consulting publishes the annual Used Car Market Report, the definitive source of data for the used car industry. Manheim Consulting offers a wide range of services including custom analytics, business optimization and macro economic analysis.
Manheim is the online vehicle remarketing leader, connecting buyers and sellers to the world’s largest, most comprehensive wholesale marketplace through its extensive in-lane and digital offerings. Manheim.com receives nearly 900,000 visits each week.
Additionally, Manheim offers services including reconditioning, certification, inspections, dealer financing, title management and marshaling, among others. Through its wide array of services and technologies, industry publications, customer support and educational offerings, Manheim gives its customers maximum control over how they buy and sell vehicles, helping them to conduct business in the most efficient way possible. Worldwide, the company handles nearly 8 million used vehicles annually, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.