Media Release – New Appointments Announced
Specialist dealer management systems company, Auto-IT, has announced changes in its top management structure as the company repositions itself for future growth in Australian and international markets.
Ken Fife has relinquished the role of Chief Executive Officer to become Chairman of the Board. Michael Damianos will move from the position of Chairman to a non-executive position on the Board. Mr Fife was the driving force behind the growth of the business and its success in achieving the number-two market position in Australia and New Zealand.
Formerly the Chief Operating Officer with the company, Wayne Rushworth has taken over the role of Chief Executive Officer. Mr Rushworth has been with Auto-IT for the past nine years and previously held a number of senior positions with the ANZ Banking Group Limited.
Mr Rushworth said the company had experienced considerable market growth in the past five years in a difficult economic climate. He said this change and other senior management changes to follow would position the company for further growth and development, with a focus on three key areas.
“We are in a solid market position as the number two Dealer System Provider in Australia and New Zealand and will use these management changes to capitalise on opportunities and build upon our previous success. We will be focusing on development of new technologies and to build upon the success of our mobile applications, which are currently in pilot phase,” Mr Rushworth said.
“We will place more emphasis on the customer experience with tools to better manage the client interface and transparency. And added capabilities will also enable us to expand our market share globally.”
Auto-IT markets specialist Dealer Management Software systems that run retail dealerships in the automotive, trucking, agriculture and construction equipment industries.
Auto-IT operates from its head office in Melbourne, with offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur and New Zealand and channel partners in South Africa. The company is the No. 1 Dealer System Provider (DSP) in Australia and New Zealand in the agricultural market and the No. 2 DSP in the automotive market. Auto-IT has a staff of over 100 people and more than 24,000 licensed users.