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Manheim Names Julie Picard to New Role as Vice President of Industry Partnerships

Picard to foster collaborative relationships with NAAA, NIADA, IARA and others to influence
the future of automotive remarketing

ATLANTA, Ga. (Nov 12, 2019) – Building on its leadership within the industry and bold actions that are paving the way for clients to thrive, Manheim has named Julie Picard to the new role of vice president of Industry Partnerships. She will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for all automotive industry groups, including the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) where she is currently the president-elect and will serve as NAAA president in 2021. In addition, she will work with Cox Automotive’s Government Affairs and Industry Relations teams to address key issues facing its partners and the industry.  

“Julie’s reputation as a leader with high integrity and a clear vision for the future – combined with her strong relationships and influence in the industry – make her the ideal choice for this important role,” said Patrick Brennan, senior vice president of Manheim Marketplace. “Her knowledge of the economic, commercial and political environment will help others in the industry understand our vision for the future while driving our company, our industry and our clients toward innovative solutions.”

Throughout her 28-year career with Manheim, Picard has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, starting with controller and manager of finance and administration for Manheim Seattle in 1992. Most recently, she served as west region vice president, developing and implementing strategies for 14 auctions designed to drive business growth, market share and profitability. Before that, her leadership positions included vice president and general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania where she oversaw the world’s largest auto auction and market vice president.

“Julie’s experience in the industry, business skills and leadership abilities made her an excellent choice to serve on our board,” said NAAA Chief Executive Officer Frank Hackett. “She values team engagement, collaboration, talent development and strategic planning, all of which are important for the advancement of our association and the vehicle remarketing industry.”

Picard is a graduate of the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an alumnus of the Cox Executive Leadership Program. She has been honored for her industry leadership as one of Auto Remarketing’s “2013 Women in Remarketing” and with the prestigious 2013 Laurie Dobberphul Top Achiever Award, presented by GE Remarketing.

About Manheim (www.manheim.com)

Manheim® is North America's leading provider of end-to-end wholesale solutions that help dealer and commercial clients increase profits in their used vehicle operations. Through its physical, mobile and digital sales network, Manheim offers services for inventory management, buying and selling, floor planning, logistics, assurance and reconditioning. With its omni-channel approach, Manheim Marketplace enables wholesale vehicle clients more efficient ways to connect and transact business how and when they want. Approximately 17,000 team members help Manheim offer 7 million used vehicles annually, facilitating transactions representing nearly $61 billion in value. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim North America is a Cox Automotive™ brand. For more information, visit http://press.manheim.com.

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