Mauro Cifelli, President and CEO of Groupe Del Vasto, an automotive parts distributor, store operator and franchisor in Eastern Canada, announced the establishment of a new corporate structure, including new senior management roles and responsibilities.
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“As the Del Vasto Group family of companies continues to grow and we examine the opportunities and challenges of the future, it is important to ensure that we remain strategically focused and appropriately structured. Organizational changes are the next logical step to support our long-term succession plans, and the strong leadership team we have built will enable us to accelerate our decision-making and execution,” said Cifelli.
The company says the changes described below help achieve Del Vasto Group’s goal of consistently providing top-notch customer service and increasing efficiency across the organization.
Chief Operating Officer – Joey Miceli
Joey Miceli has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Del Vasto Group, with oversight of all operational functions including logistics, supply, customer service and sales for distribution business units and corporate stores. His extensive experience, spanning nearly 25 years, brings valuable leadership to the position to drive strategic initiatives and accountability. Combining sales and supply chain into one team under Miceli’s leadership will accelerate the execution of Del Vasto Group’s go-to-market strategy, the company says. Prior to this appointment, Miceli was until recently Vice President of Purchasing and Operations, where he was responsible for streamlining distribution and focused on sourcing, procurement and supply management.
Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development – Tony Del Vasto
Tony Del Vasto has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development. In this new role, Del Vasto will be responsible for developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies that enhance the value of Del Vasto Group products and services. Additionally, he will lead all merger and acquisition initiatives to drive strategic growth and expand Del Vasto Group’s market penetration across Canada. He previously served as Vice President of Human Resources and Vice President of Information Technology at Del Vasto Group. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he held various management positions at Canadian Tire Corp.
Vice President, Finance and Administration – Martin Lacroix
Martin Lacroix has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Finance and Administration, with responsibility for the development of the Del Vasto Group’s financial management strategy and the development of the organization’s strategic objectives. Additionally, he will provide analytical support and advise the President and other key members of the leadership team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities and policy matters. Lacroix has spent over 25 years in finance with several years of hands-on experience managing corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Vice President, Human Resources – Jo-Anne Constantin
Jo-Anne Constantin, Vice President, Human Resources (HR) of the Del Vasto Group, will lead the HR operations of the Del Vasto Group’s distribution and corporate store business units, which have more than 400 employees operating in five provinces. She will focus on developing and implementing a plan to align human resource priorities with strategic business initiatives. In this role, Constantin will oversee employee relations, including identifying opportunities for human resource development and retention. She will work closely with the CEO and senior management to facilitate and provide HR guidance, interpret and implement policies, and cultivate company culture. She joined the Del Vasto Group in June 2016 and has over 25 years of experience in human resources management.
Vice President, Innovation and Information Technology – Patrick Laframboise
Patrick Laframboise has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Innovation and Information Technology. In addition to overseeing information technology management and the delivery of information services, Laframboise will be called upon to create and instill a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, agile project delivery and change management. throughout the organization, in order to help the Del Vasto Group achieve its strategic objectives. . His leadership and expertise in innovation and transformation will be crucial to support the growth, performance and efficiency of the Del Vasto Group. Laframboise has worked for over 25 years in various positions in IT, project management and change management; 15 of them in the aftermarket auto parts distribution business.
Vice President, Sales – Daniel Malandruccolo
As Vice President of Sales, Daniel Malandruccolo will be responsible for implementing the sales plan and overseeing all sales activities for Groupe Del Vasto. He will continue to focus on service as a key differentiator, executing the company’s customer proximity strategy and remaining committed to providing Del Vasto customers with the tools they need to stay competitive. In addition, Malandruccolo will oversee the areas of customer service, corporate stores and Ottofran, the franchise division of Del Vasto Group. He will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with the VP of Supply Chain to align the sales function and operations to ensure consistent execution of customer service best practices to meet to the needs of the company’s customers. Malandruccolo is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, including sales leadership positions at Vast Auto for the past 18 years.
Vice President, Supply Chain – Nelson Estrela
Nelson Estrela, previously chief operating officer, has been named vice president, supply chain, and will continue to report to Miceli. In this role, he will oversee operations, procurement and product marketing. Estrela will be responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships with the company’s supplier partners as well as ensuring the optimization of work methods to maintain performance and service levels for our customers. In her new role, Estrela will manage day-to-day operations and be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating operations in support of the company’s growth and service level goals. For more than 20 years, Estrela has held various operations management positions within the Del Vasto Group.
“Company founder and Chairman of the Board, John Del Vasto, has built the Del Vasto Group into one of Canada’s leading automotive aftermarket companies with a strong commitment to its customers, employees and its distribution partners. The realignment of our management team will ensure that we continue to be well positioned for sustainable growth in the future and [are] ready to seize opportunities while remaining true to our culture and values,” said Cifelli.