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New Corporate Structure For Groupe Del Vasto

Groupe Del Vasto — an auto parts distributor, store operator and franchisor in Canada that’s a shareholder of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance — has announced a new corporate structure, including senior management roles and responsibilities.

This follows a move earlier this year whereby John Del Vasto stepped down as president of the company (which he founded) and became chairman of the board of directors.

As part of a planned and deliberate transition, Mauro Cifelli became John Del Vasto’s successor as president and CEO. Cifelli, who joined the company in 1994, had been its vice president of sales and marketing.

Now come additional changes.

Joey Miceli is now the company’s chief operating officer, with oversight of all operational functions, including logistics, procurement, customer service, and sales for the distribution and corporate store business units. According to the company, combining sales and supply chain into one team under Miceli’s leadership will accelerate the execution of management’s go-to-market strategy. Prior to this appointment, Miceli was vice president of purchasing and operations, responsible for streamlining distribution and focused on sourcing, procurement, and supply management.

Groupe Del Vasto has appointed Tony Del Vasto as its vice president of marketing and corporate development. In this role, Tony Del Vasto is responsible for leading all merger and acquisition initiatives. He previously was the company’s vice president of human resources and vice president of information technology. Tony Del Vasto has been with the company since 2008. His background also includes various management positions with Canadian Tire Corp.

Martin Lacroix is now vice president of finance and administration, with responsibility for the development of Groupe Del Vasto’s financial management strategy, as well as contributing to the development of its strategic goals. In addition, Lacroix provides analytical support and advises the president and other members of the senior management team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities and policy. Martin has more than 25 years of finance experience.

Jo-Anne Constantin is now Groupe Del Vasto’s vice president of human resources, leading HR operations for its distribution and corporate store business units. She is tasked with developing and implementing a plan to align human resource priorities with strategic business initiatives. Constantin has been with the company since 2016.

Groupe Del Vasto has appointed Patrick Laframboise as its vice president of innovation and information technology. In addition to overseeing the management of information technology and information services delivery, Laframboise is responsible for creating and instilling a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, agile project delivery, and change management throughout the organization. Laframboise has worked for over 25 years in various IT, project and change management positions — nearly 15 of which were with Uni-Select.

Daniel Malandruccolo is now the company’s vice president of sales, responsible for implementing the sales plan and overseeing all sales activities. In addition, Malandruccolo oversees the areas of customer service, corporate stores and Ottofran (Groupe Del Vasto’s franchising division). He reports to Miceli, and works closely with the vice president of supply chain to align sales functions and operations. Malandruccolo, who has over 30 years of automotive experience, has been with Vast Auto for the past 18 years.

Groupe Del Vasto has appointed Nelson Estrela as its vice president of supply chain. Estrela had been director of operations. He continues to report to Miceli. In his new capacity, Estrela oversees operations, procurement and product merchandising. He also is responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships with vendor partners, as well as ensuring the optimization of work methods to sustain performance and service levels. Estrela has held various operations management positions with Groupe Del Vasto for over 20 years.

“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,” Cifelli said in a statement dated Sept. 4. “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.”

Founded in 1986, Groupe Del Vasto is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal. The company services eastern Canada through seven distribution centers in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia doing business as Vast-Auto Distribution. The company also operates the Auto ValueAuto Mecano, Monsieur Muffler, Monsieur Transmission, Mister Muffler and OCTO Auto Service Plus banners.

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