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New network development chief for Ateco
Miller leaves Toyota after 20-plus years to develop Ateco Group’s dealer networks
15 Nov 2019
By TERRY MARTIN
ATECO Group has announced the appointment of experienced automotive industry executive Paula Miller as its new general manager of network development.
Charged with managing and further developing the leading independent distribution company’s dealer networks across its stable of brands including LDV, Ram and Maserati, Ms Miller replaces John Whalley who took on the role in August 2016 after building up Renault Australia’s dealer network over a period of five years.
Ms Miller comes to Ateco Group after more than two decades with Toyota Australia, where she held a broad range of senior positions including, for the past two years, senior manager of franchise development.
She also spent a year as corporate manager of franchise development and earlier served as manager of business planning (three years), national sales manager (three years), Sales Foundations manager, which later became Toyota For Life (two years), eastern region dealer facilities manager (one year) and central region franchise development manager (two years).
Over an eight-year period, Ms Miller also held a number of senior roles at both national and state levels spanning franchise development, dealer target setting and vehicle pricing and ordering, and served concurrently for more than 10 years as a director of Toyota Super (2008-2018).
Announcing her appointment, Ateco Group managing director Roger Zagorski said: “A strong, profitable and collaborative dealer network is a critical component of success of any brand, so we’re looking forward to engaging Paula’s knowledge and experience to further develop our dealer networks in support of the significant growth aspirations for our LDV, Ram and Maserati brands.”
Ms Miller said she was “looking forward to building on the growth of the Ateco Group and the diverse brands it represents”.
“The automotive dealer model as well as the broader auto industry continue to change and develop, and I’m looking forward to working with the group’s dealer networks to tackle some of the challenges and to capitalise on many opportunities presented by the current market,” she said.
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