Continuing its commitment to build solutions that drive business results for customers, Manheim expanded its product development leadership team with four new members.
Ensuring the right products are delivered to the right people at the right time, Manheim said the new additions to the team have solid expertise in product development, strategy, deployment and portfolio management.
“Our four new team members are terrific additions to Manheim, bringing great talent, subject-matter expertise and a diverse array of professional experiences to our product development efforts,” said Joe George, senior vice president of product development.
The new team members include:
—Tony Markese, vice president of marketplace and affiliate management, has a wealth of auction location experience, having previously served as general manager of Manheim Central Florida for several years.
In his new role, Markese will collaborate with industry partners to increase customer access to Manheim’s marketplace.
—Bonnie Hensler, vice president of product operations, brings to Manheim a strong product marketing background with experience in product launches, messaging and segmentation.
Hensler will be responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive product operations strategies.
—Kris Hart, vice president of product strategy, has extensive experience in the service and gaming industries, previously working for Harrah’s Entertainment, the well-known casino and gaming company.
In Hart’s new role, she is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders to evolve and expand Manheim’s product roadmap.
—Krista Marlatt, senior director of product portfolio management, specializes in evaluating products to ensure they align with customers’ needs.
Previously working for Manheim’s sister company, AutoTrader.com, Marlatt will be responsible for analyzing product families to make sure they reinforce Manheim’s commitment to enable customers to conduct business anytime, anywhere and in any way they choose.
“This is a very exciting time for us as customers are increasingly turning to Manheim’s marketplace to conduct business,” George said.
“We’ve just launched an array of digital products including myMobileListing, a mobile grounding tool for Nissan, enhancements to Simulcast, and there is much more to come,” he went on to say. “This new leadership team will be instrumental in extending Manheim’s robust digital portfolio, while managing our extensive in-lane product offerings.”
Manheim Names VP of Communications and Corporate Affairs
In other company news, Manheim appointed Racquel White to the position of vice president of communications and corporate affairs. In her role, the company said White will lead the efforts to amplify four strategic communications areas: internal, external, executive and corporate social responsibility.
White will report to senior vice president and chief people officer Lilicia Bailey.
White brings 15 years of strategic communication experience in a variety of sectors to Manheim. Most recently, she served as vice president of internal and leadership communications across North America for The Coca-Cola Company. She held positions of increasing responsibility with Marriott International, the Smithsonian Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
“Racquel brings a fresh perspective to our company and to the remarketing industry,” Bailey said. “Her deep and diverse communications experience in highly-competitive product and service industries has positioned her well to lead Manheim’s complex communications strategies and campaigns. Her work will ensure that our employees and customers are informed, engaged and energized about all of the great things Manheim has to offer.”
Manheim also mentioned White’s experience is multi-sector and also international. She has led communications for more than 90 markets for the Eurasia and Africa Group for The Coca-Cola Company, based in Istanbul, Turkey, and she served as acting public affairs and communications director for Coca-Cola South Africa, based in Johannesburg.
“Not only does Racquel have tremendous communications subject matter expertise and global business experience, she shares our company’s passion for community support, environmental sustainability and diversity,” Bailey said. “She and her team are an essential part of Manheim’s continued growth, domestically and globally.”
An active member of the community, White is involved in several organizations and initiatives. She has served on the board of directors for Georgia non-profits Camp Twin Lakes and Sheltering Arms. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Red Cross.