DETROIT -- Fin ONeill, the vice chairman of the Reynolds and Reynolds Co., has left the company one year after the largest dealership management system vendor was acquired by the much smaller Universal Computer Systems Inc.
The UCS acquisition of Reynolds closed a year ago today. ONeill, has been the voice and face of the company for most of the past year.
ONeill, 55, was particularly important to Reynolds Chairman Bob Brockman this past year for his rapport with the 11,000 Reynolds dealership customers. ONeill previously was head of Mitsubishi and Hyundai operations in the United States. He joined Reynolds in January 2005 as CEO.
All of us at Reynolds truly appreciate Fins support throughout the merger and transition, Brockman said in a statement.
ONeills departure had been expected. He told Automotive News in May that he was ready for the next chapter in my life.
Reynolds is the largest supplier of dealership management systems and services to dealerships. This formerly public company was taken private after Brockmans UCS acquired it for $2.8 billion.
ONeill is leaving Reynolds as Brockman is taking control of the companys relations with dealerships.
ONeill helped calm dealership customers who were concerned about the impact the Universal Computer Systems acquisition might have on their daily business.
He started at Reynolds on Jan. 17, 2005, after resigning as CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America. Before that he was CEO of Hyundai Motor America.
ONeill, in a written statement, said today: It has been a privilege to have led Reynolds and Reynolds and to have helped guide the company through this transition, supporting our customers through it all. Reynolds has a strong culture of customer focus. That culture, coupled with the strong product focus that Bob brings, promises to deliver even greater value to Reynolds customers. Now, I look forward to the next chapter in my life.