NAPA, Calif. — AUL Corp., a provider of used-vehicle service contracts, appointed Jimmy Atkinson as chief operating officer and senior vice president.

“We were determined to introduce someone to the company with a strong history of excellence in leadership, but also with down-to-earth qualities and communication skills. Jimmy fits that bill perfectly. He’ll be a great asset to all of our employees, and a key to raising the next generation of leadership,” said Luis Nieves, president and CEO of AUL Corp.

“AUL has a pristine reputation. The company is the leader in its field, due in large part to its solid infrastructure. I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the team. I’m committed to contributing to the growth of a great company,” Atkinson said.

Prior to joining AUL, Atkinson spent seven years at Atlanta-based Assurant, where he served as director of training, director of sales, and senior vice president of the vehicle service contract business division.

Before joining Assurant, he held a number of retail auto positions, and became one of the top sales and management trainers in the auto industry.