ATLANTA – Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz announced today that Janet Barnard will take on the role as president of Manheim North America, effective immediately. Barnard previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
In her new role, Barnard will continue to lead the company’s core vehicle auction business that includes 78 operating locations and a team of more than 18,000 employees. As a member of the Cox Automotive leadership team, she has the responsibility for strategic business functions such as operations, sales, customer experience and product development. Manheim provides vehicle remarketing services, connecting buyers and sellers of used vehicles to the wholesale vehicle marketplace.
“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,” said Schwartz. “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.”
Over the past three years at Manheim, Barnard has implemented a variety of key initiatives designed to further the industry. This includes working to create a multi-platform selling solution that makes buying and selling easier for customers and launching a $100 million multi-year auction modernization effort that uses technology to redesign processes, enabling employees to spend more time with customers.
Prior to joining Manheim, Barnard served as senior vice president and general manager for Cox Communications’ central region. In that role, she was responsible for growing the $1.2 billion region in voice, data and video services across a residential and commercial base of more than 700,000 customers. Prior to that role, Barnard served as senior vice president and general manager for other Cox Communications regional business areas, including Northern Virginia, Middle America and Omaha. Barnard joined Cox in 1988 as the accounting manager for Middle Georgia operations.