Icahn Automotive Appoints Elisa Bannon-Jones Chief People Officer and Deborah Brundage Chief Marketing Officer
October 6, 2020
Bannon-Jones and Brundage to lead the Human Resources and Marketing Strategies
Icahn Automotive, an Icahn Enterprises L.P. company, which owns and operates leading service provider Pep Boys, has announced the appointment of two senior executives: Elisa Bannon-Jones as Chief People Officer (CPO) and Deborah Brundage as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Bannon-Jones will lead the overall human resources strategy, overseeing compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, and performance and development. Brundage will direct the Company’s marketing, communications, and customer experience strategies, with a strong focus on consumer insights and digital engagement.
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Elisa Bannon-Jones, Chief People Officer (Photo: Business Wire)
Brian Kaner, CEO – Service said, “Our people and customers are central to everything we do. Elisa and Deborah both bring significant executive expertise and unique perspectives that we are confident will strengthen our culture, enhance our customer experience, and improve our business. As we continue to build a separate Service business, Elisa and Deborah complement a strong leadership team that is poised to capture the many opportunities that exist in the industry.”
Most recently, Bannon-Jones was Chief Human Resources Office at Frontier Communications, where she had responsibility for developing and executing the human resource strategy in support of the overall strategic direction of the organization. Prior to joining Frontier Communications, Bannon-Jones served in human resources, sales and operations leadership roles at The Budget Group, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Brightstar Corp.
Bannon-Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and leadership and a master’s degree in higher education, specializing in adult education, from Capella University. She has certifications from the Kellogg Strategic Human Resources and Cornell Women in Executive Leadership programs, and a master human capital strategist designation in organizational effectiveness from the Human Capital Institute. She is a member of the Consero talent management advisory board and the Capella University School of Business and Technology business advisory board.
Brundage comes to the Company after having served as CMO at Monro, Inc., where she led a rebranding strategy and oversaw the marketing and customer service teams. Prior to joining Monro, Deborah spent nearly 17 years with Procter & Gamble where she held roles of increasing responsibility and worked on a diverse group of categories and well-known consumer products.
Early in Brundage’s career, she worked in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business. She is also an adjunct professor at the Simon School of Business.
Building an engaged and skilled team and strengthening customer connections are critical components of the Company’s Service transformation plan. Last year, a plan was announced to separate Icahn Automotive into two distinct Parts and Service companies, of which Service will include the automotive repair and maintenance businesses of Pep Boys, AAMCO and Precision Tune Auto Care, as well as several regional service centers. As a separate company, the Service organization will be better positioned to focus on its unique strategy, customers, and business opportunities.
About Pep Boys
Since 1921, Pep Boys has been one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket chains, providing premium tires; automotive maintenance and repair; premium-brand parts and expert advice for the do-it-yourselfer; commercial auto parts delivery; and fleet maintenance and repair to customers across the U.S. Pep Boys operates more than 9,000 service bays in approximately 1,000 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico, and the Pep Boy Mobile Crew service trailer, which offers automotive maintenance on location. Customers can find the nearest location by calling 1-800-PEP BOYS (1-800-737-2697), by visiting www.pepboys.com, or following Pep Boys on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
About Icahn Automotive
Icahn Automotive Group LLC (Icahn Automotive) was formed by its parent, Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP), to invest in and operate businesses involved in aftermarket parts distribution and service. Our businesses have a singular focus: provide premium automotive parts and services at a great value. Icahn Automotive today consists of Pep Boys® automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, Auto Plus® automotive aftermarket parts distributor, Precision Tune Auto Care® owned and franchised automotive service centers, and AAMCO Total Auto Care franchised service centers. The Company also is the licensor of Cottman Transmission and operates under several local brands. The businesses of Icahn Automotive total over 22,000 employees, over 2,000 company-owned and franchise locations, and 25 distribution centers throughout the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit IcahnAutomotive.com.
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