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Movers & Shakers: Stellantis North America Names New COO, AACF Adds Board Member

Carlos ZarlengaBy SEMA News Editors

Stellantis Appoints New North American COO

Stellantis has appointed Carlos Zarlenga as North American COO.

Zarlenga has more than a decade of automotive industry experience and joined Stellantis in 2022 as president of Stellantis Mexico. Since joining the company, Zarlenga has delivered a year-on-year improvement in sales performance, market share and adjusted operating income, leading to Stellantis Mexico's best-ever profit levels, according to the company.

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Marc Blackman Elected to AACF Board 

Marc Blackman, CEO of Gold Eagle Company, has been elected to the board of directors of the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF), a non-profit organization supporting people in the automotive aftermarket industry and their families.

Gold Eagle Company is the manufacturer of 303 Protectant, Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer, HEET and other automotive, marine and RV protection products.

"We're thrilled to have Marc join AACF's Board of Trustees," said Joel Ayres, executive director of AACF. "His commitment to the industry and to volunteerism should be applauded and we're confident he'll be a strong addition to our volunteer board who works diligently to support the automotive aftermarket industry."

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R&R Marketing Welcomes Kane McCord as Specialty Accounts Executive

R&R Marketing Consultants recently hired Kane McCord, who will join the Kansas City, Missouri-based company's sales and marketing team as specialty accounts executive.

McCord previously served as category manager at Aftermarket Performance Group/Premier and Midstates, in addition to previous experience in the aftermarket and powersports industries.

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B&R Auto Expands Footprint, Adds to Executive Team

B&R Auto, an Oregon-based provider of recycled automotive parts, has acquired American Auto Recycling, New Way Auto Sales & Parts, and Charlies Towing. In addition to the acquisitions, B&R announced the hire of Lance Goeddel as chief administrative officer.

The acquisitions of American Auto and New Way expand B&R's business into Arizona, while Charlie's Towing grows the company's existing footprint in Oregon.

Goeddel most recently held the position of senior vice president and general counsel of Leeds West Groups. He previously served in various roles at Grease Monkey and JBS.

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