Dan Frank Promoted to President of Wheels, Inc.

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Wheels, Inc. has announced that Dan Frank has been pro­mot­ed to pres­i­dent of the com­pa­ny.

In his new role, Frank is in charge of vir­tu­al­ly all of Wheels’ busi­ness units. He con­tin­ues to report to his father, Jim Frank, who pre­vi­ous­ly served as Wheels’ pres­i­dent, and remains the company’s chief exec­u­tive offi­cer and chair­man of the board.

Dan becomes just the third pres­i­dent in Wheels’ 75-year his­to­ry. The company’s first pres­i­dent was Armund Schoen, who co-found­ed Wheels with Dan’s grand­fa­ther, Zol­lie Frank, in 1939. Zollie’s son Jim became the company’s sec­ond pres­i­dent in 1974.

“Dan has demon­strat­ed tremen­dous cre­ativ­i­ty and lead­er­ship skills that have pro­vid­ed sig­nif­i­cant val­ue to both our clients and our own orga­ni­za­tion,” said Jim Frank. “He was chiefly respon­si­ble for lead­ing a peri­od of excep­tion­al growth for our Cana­di­an busi­ness; opti­miz­ing our approach­es to prod­uct man­age­ment, tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment and inno­va­tion; and spear­head­ing qual­i­ty and project man­age­ment ini­tia­tives in var­i­ous areas of the orga­ni­za­tion.

“With his broad expe­ri­ence and exem­plary exec­u­tive skills, I am con­fi­dent that Dan will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­vid­ing new lev­els of ser­vice for our clients and launch­ing Wheels on an extra­or­di­nar­i­ly suc­cess­ful tra­jec­to­ry for our next 75 years.”

Dan has held var­i­ous cross-func­tion­al exec­u­tive lead­er­ship posi­tions through­out his 16-year tenure at Wheels. He most recent­ly served as pres­i­dent of the Wheels Ser­vices busi­ness, a role in which he over­saw the company’s ser­vice pro­grams like main­te­nance, acci­dent man­age­ment, safe­ty, telem­at­ics and tolling. He is also a mem­ber of Wheels’ board of direc­tors, pres­i­dent of the company’s Cana­di­an arm (Wheels Leas­ing Cana­da, Ltd.) and chair­man of Ixe Fleet, Wheels’ joint ven­ture in Mex­i­co.

In addi­tion to his expe­ri­ence at Wheels, Dan worked in sys­tems devel­op­ment at Ander­sen Con­sult­ing (now Accen­ture) and envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment for the U.S. Depart­ment of the Inte­ri­or. He also found­ed a suc­cess­ful online restau­rant sup­ply busi­ness, and was part of the ear­ly man­age­ment team at Onsale, a Klein­er Perkins-fund­ed start­up that was acquired by Ama­zon.

Dan is on the Board of Direc­tors of the Amer­i­can Auto­mo­bile Leas­ing Asso­ci­a­tion and rep­re­sents the fleet indus­try on leg­isla­tive and reg­u­la­to­ry pol­i­cy. An advo­cate for fleet safe­ty issues, he also serves on the Board of Direc­tors for the Nation­al Safe­ty Coun­cil.

 

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