CHESTER, U.K. --
Aftersoft Group, a provider of business and supply chain management solutions for the automotive aftermarket, has announced the appointment of Gerry Czarnecki as its chairman of the board of directors.
The company conducts its businesses through wholly owned subsidiaries, with operations in Europe and North America. The election occurred at a meeting of the board on Sept. 24 at the company's corporate office in Chester, U.K.
"We are very pleased to have someone with Gerry Czarnecki's experience assume the position of chairman," said Ian Warwick, CEO, president and director of Aftersoft Group. "Splitting the positions of chairman and CEO is a growing trend in the U.S., and Aftersoft is committed to implementing good governance practices ahead of the curve."
Commented on his appointment, Czarnecki added, "I'm pleased to be able to take on this role as chairman. This move enables Ian to continue to focus on operations, which are continuing to improve, and to look for expansion opportunities for our business. This is a dynamic industry and a dynamic company, and this move will strengthen this organization throughout."
Czarnecki is a veteran general manager, drawing on more than 40 years of experience as a CEO and senior executive in Fortune 100 companies, privately held companies, closely held public companies and large and small non-profits worldwide. He is currently the president and CEO of 02 Media Inc., a private company that provides direct response marketing campaign management and infomercial production, educational and branded entertainment TV programming and Internet marketing campaign management. He previously served as interim president and CEO of Junior Achievement Worldwide Inc., where he continues to serve on its board of directors.
Czarnecki is a member of the board of directors of State Farm Insurance Co. and is chairman of the Audit Committee; a member of the board of directors of Del Global Technology Inc. and serves as chairman of the board of trustees of National University. In addition, he is chairman of the board of National Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating quality leadership and governance in nonprofit organizations; and chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors - Florida Chapter.
Czarnecki is also the author of four books: "You're in Charge...What Now?," “Success Principles for Leaders," "You're a Non-Profit Director...What Now" and "Lead with Love," due to publish April 2010.