DETROIT, MI, May 5, 2003 – UnitedAuto Group, Inc. (NYSE: UAG), a FORTUNE 500 automotive specialty retailer, today announced the appointment of Daniel B. Chasins as Executive Vice President – Marketing.
In this newly created position, Mr. Chasins will have oversight of all UAG marketing and advertising activities; further develop and implement common approaches to marketing planning, metrics and reporting; share best practices in all areas of promotion, communication and advertising; and analyze market and industry trends to identify opportunities for growth and savings. Mr. Chasins will report to Chairman Roger Penske and President Sam DiFeo, Jr.
Prior to joining UnitedAuto, Mr. Chasins held positions with the Saab organization, most recently as executive director, new products for Saab Automobile AB in Trollhättan, Sweden. Previous to this assignment, Mr. Chasins was the president and chief operating officer of Saab Cars USA, Inc. in Norcross, Georgia. He completed his master’s of business administration at Harvard Graduate School and has a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College.
Chairman Roger Penske commented, “We are pleased to welcome Dan to the UnitedAuto team. As we look to enhance UAG’s marketing efforts on all levels, Dan’s extensive automotive industry experience will be invaluable in leveraging our marketing capability, expanding our customer reach and solidifying our brand opportunities.”
UnitedAuto, which has pursued a strategy based on internal growth from its existing dealerships, as well as from strategic acquisitions, operates 137 franchises in the United States and 71 franchises internationally, primarily in the United Kingdom. UnitedAuto dealerships sell new and used vehicles, and market a complete line of after-market automotive products and services.
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