Warsaba named AutoCanada V-P, COO


EDMONTON, ALTA. – There was more change among senior management at AutoCanada this week as Mark Warsaba was named senior vice-president and COO of the large, public dealership group.

Warsaba takes over officially on April 1 and will report directly to Steven Landry, president and CEO.

“Mark is an experienced and trusted leader who consistently delivers results. He is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability within AutoCanada, with a laser-focus on operational excellence,” Landry said in a release.

“I have tremendous confidence in Mark’s ability to align our business with industry-leading operational practices that will drive and extend the next-generation of AutoCanada’s market leadership.”

The move comes just days after long-time company president Tom Orysiuk resigned as president and from the board of directors. His surprise resignation followed the release of a report detailing the 2016 annual and fourth quarter results.

Landry assumed the role of president and no real indication was given for the change. A brief press release thanked Orysiuk for his “many years of dedicated service” and wished him well in his future endeavours.

Warsaba now assumes responsibility for the operational performance of existing dealerships as well as the integration and subsequent performance of new dealerships.

The company said he would implement “industry best practices” with a focus on same-store execution, new dealer integration and financial performance.

Warsaba joined AutoCanada in 2013 as dealer principal with Audi Winnipeg and St. James Volkswagen in Winnipeg, Man.

Both stores have received numerous awards including the Audi Canada President’s Club award in 2016, presented to the top Audi dealership in Canada.

Prior to joining AutoCanada, Warsaba served in various leadership roles for 11 years with Volkswagen Canada. Previously, he spent nine years in logistics operations management.

AutoCanada said revenue dropped slightly last year from $2.8 billion in 2016 from $2.90 billion the previous year.

Quarterly revenue from existing and new dealerships decreased by 6.4 per cent to $629.3 million in the fourth quarter.
Same store revenue dipped by 5.6 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015 while same store gross profit decreased by 5.4 per cent last year.