ATLANTA, Ga. — Three top executives at Cox Automotive were named to Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry during the publication’s annual awards ceremony.
Jane Barnard, president of Manheim North America, Lori Wittman, vice president and general manager of VinSolutions and Sharon Kitzman, vice president and general manager of Dealer Management Systems, all made the list, which honors influential women who make major decisions.
The selection committee for the award considered the size and importance of the candidates business, the health and direction of the business and the arc of each individual’s career, according to Automotive News.
Barnard directs Manheim’s overall operations, overseeing the strategic business functions including sales, inventory services and client experience. She also acts as a member of Cox Automotive’s leadership team.
Wittman directs all aspects of VinSolutions’ operations, including websites, client relationship software and digital marketing products. She is noted by Cox as specializing in driving cross-functional teams to deliver business results and manage change while developing lasting relationships with business partners, clients and colleagues.
In her role, Kitzman manages the strategic direction of and product development for Dealertrack DMS. She has negotiated key OEM agreements for dealers and shaped successful product integration initiatives.
Cox Automotive provides digital marketing software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, and manufacturers. The Cox Automotive family of brands includes, Manheim, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Dealertrack, vAuto, Xtime, NextGear Captial and several others.