Mauro Cifelli, president and CEO of Groupe Del Vasto, an automotive parts distributor, store operator and franchisor in Eastern Canada, has announced the implementation of a new corporate structure, including new senior management roles and responsibilities.
“As Groupe Del Vasto’s family of companies continues to grow and we look at the opportunities and challenges of the future, it is important to ensure we remain focused strategically and structured appropriately. Organizational changes are the next logical step in supporting our long-term succession plans, and the strong leadership team we have assembled will enable us to accelerate our decision-making and execution,” said Cifelli.
The company says the changes outlined below help deliver on Groupe Del Vasto’s goal of continually providing top-tier service to its customer base and increasing efficiencies across the organization.
Chief Operating Officer – Joey Miceli
Joey Miceli has been appointed to the position of chief operating officer for Groupe Del Vasto, with oversight of all operational functions including logistics, procurement, customer service and sales for the distribution and corporate store business units. 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 Groupe Del Vasto’s go-to-market strategy, the company says. Prior to this appointment, Miceli was most 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 reinforce the value of Groupe Del Vasto’s products and services. In addition, he will lead all merger and acquisition initiatives to drive strategic growth and expand Groupe Del Vasto’s market penetration across Canada. He previously served as Groupe Del Vasto’s vice president of human resources and vice president of information technology. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he held various management positions with 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 Groupe Del Vasto’s financial management strategy and development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition, he will provide analytical support and advise the president and other key members of the senior management team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities and policy matters. Lacroix has spent more than 25 years in the field of finance with several years of hands-on experience in managing corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Vice President, Human Resources – Jo-Anne Constantin
Jo-Anne Constantin, Groupe Del Vasto’s vice- president, human resources (HR), will lead HR operations for Groupe Del Vasto’s distribution and corporate store business units, which includes more than 400 employees operating in five provinces. Her focus will be 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 developing and conserving human resources. She will be working closely with the president/CEO and senior management to facilitate and provide guidance in HR matters, interpreting and implementing policies and cultivate the company’s culture. She joined Groupe Del Vasto in June 2016, and has more than 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 the management of information technologies and information services delivery, Laframboise will be called upon to create and instill a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, agile project delivery and change management throughout the organization, to help Groupe Del Vasto achieve its strategic objectives. His leadership and expertise in innovation and transformation will be crucial in supporting the growth, performance and efficiency of Groupe Del Vasto. Laframboise has worked for more than 25 years in various IT, project and change management positions; 15 of those in the aftermarket auto parts distribution sector.
Vice President, Sales – Daniel Malandruccolo
As the Vice President of Sales, Daniel Malandruccolo will be responsible for implementing the sales plan and overseeing all sales activities for Groupe Del Vasto. His focus will continue to be on service as a key differentiator, executing the company’s customer proximity strategy and staying committed to providing Del Vasto customers with the tools required to stay competitive. In addition, Malandruccolo will oversee the areas of customer service, corporate stores and Ottofran, Groupe Del Vasto’s franchising division. He will report to the chief operating officer and will work closely with the vice president of supply chain to align the sales function and operations to ensure consistent execution of best customer service practices to meet the needs of the company’s customer base. Malandruccolo is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of automotive experience, including sales leadership positions with Vast Auto for the past 18 years.
Vice President, Supply Chain – Nelson Estrela
Nelson Estrela, previously director of operations, has been appointed to the position of vice president, supply chain, and will continue to report to Miceli. In this capacity, he will oversee operations, procurement and product merchandising. Estrela will be responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships with the company’s vendor partners as well as ensuring the optimization of work methods to sustain performance and service levels to our customers. In his new role, Estrela will manage day-to-day operations and will 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 with Groupe Del Vasto.
“Company Founder and Chairman of the Board, John Del Vasto, has built Groupe Del Vasto into one of Canada’s leading automotive aftermarket companies with a strong commitment to its customers, employees and channel partners. The realignment of our leadership team will ensure we continue to be well-positioned for sustainable growth in the future and [are] prepared to seize opportunities while staying true to our culture and values,” said Cifelli.