Manheim North America COO Janet Barnard has been named president of the auction company, effective immediately, the company’s parent, Cox Automotive, said Thursday.
Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox Automotive, had been president of Manheim before being promoted to his current role this year. The president title had not been used since then.
“Janet has done a tremendous job of reinforcing Manheim’s position as an industry leader and setting a vision for the company’s long-term success,” Schwartz said in a statement. “We congratulate her on this well-deserved achievement and look forward to the many contributions she will continue to make to our industry, our company and our customers as a valued member of the Cox Automotive executive team.”
Before joining Manheim three years ago, Barnard was general manager for Cox Communications’ central region.
In her new role, Barnard will continue to lead the company’s vehicle auction business, which includes 78 operating locations and more than 18,000 employees.
She also is responsible for strategic business functions such as operations, sales, customer experience and product development.
Cox Enterprises is the parent company of Cox Communications and Cox Automotive.