VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs

Lori Wittman, left, and Sean Stapleton.

Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said today.

Lori Wittman, 47, becomes vice president and general manager of VinSolutions, replacing Skutta, who left the company to become CEO of Auto Alert.

Wittman had been vice president of operations at the provider of websites, customer relationship software and digital marketing products. VinSolutions is owned by Cox Automotive. Before joining VinSolutions in 2013, Wittman was vice president and general manger of Rockwell Transportation in Philadelphia.

Sean Stapleton, 45, also received additional responsibilities in his position as VinSolutions’ vice president of sales and marketing, according to the company.

Skutta is part of a push at Auto Alert to deepen its executive ranks. Auto Alert is known for its equity-mining software, which allows dealers to see when customers have equity in their vehicles and can be sold or leased new vehicles for equal or lower monthly payments.

With Skutta on board, Auto Alert founder Boyd Warner has left the position of CEO to join Steve Young as co-chairman, Auto Alert said today. Joining Skutta is Akshaya Mehta to the newly created position of chief technology officer.

You can reach David Barkholz at dbarkholz@crain.com. -- Follow David on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/barkholzatan

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