In hiring two automotive veterans to leadership posts, vehicle subscription provider Fair seeks to boost its industry relations presence and its vehicle acquisition and remarketing efforts.
Fair has hired former TrueCar and AutoNation executive Mike Timmons and former CDK Global head of OEM relations Syl Raymond, stating in a news release that the company “continues to rapidly scale its flexible model for accessing a car.”
Fair named Raymond senior vice president of dealer & industry relations, and Timmons will serve as senior vice president of sourcing, reconditioning and remarketing, overseeing vehicle acquisition and distribution across the business.
Raymond’s various auto retail executive roles include managing relationships with U.S. enterprise dealer groups and leading global OEM relationships for The Cobalt Group. That company started out in the 1990s to help boost auto dealers’ commerce-focused web presence. Earlier in his career, Raymond worked for Rover Cars of North America and Land Rover North America in the areas of product marketing and market research.
“Twenty years ago, I began my career convincing dealerships that the internet represented the future of the auto industry — a prediction that has clearly come to pass,” Raymond said. “I’m excited to now help Fair usher in what I consider to be the most important chapter for the car business yet in letting people get cars from top dealers the same way they access the other services in their lives — on their phones and on their terms.”
Timmons’ more than 25 years of used-vehicle acquisition and liquidation experience includes time as TrueCar executive vice president of dealer sales and service. At AutoNation, he was vice president of operations. More recently, he was co-founder of Rollick Outdoor Inc., managing its dealer network and driving retail operations.
“Creating a digital platform as seamless as Fair actually relies on very involved inventory processes, and I’ve spent my whole career building them,” Timmons said. “Fair is a true career culmination for me, and I look forward to putting all of my varied experiences into helping scale a platform for how people can get and drive cars.”