Guided by CEO Dan Ninivaggi, Icahn Automotive operates three business units: Service, Commercial and Retail/Tires. With centuries of combined experience in the automotive aftermarket, our senior leaders are among the best in the industry.
Learn more about our Leadership Team below.
Dan Ninivaggi is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Icahn Automotive Group, LLC and Managing Director of the Icahn Enterprises L.P. Automotive Segment. Through March 7, 2017, Ninivaggi was Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, and CEO of Federal-Mogul Motorparts, based in Southfield, Michigan. Ninivaggi joined Federal-Mogul, an $8 billion global supplier of automotive powertrain and safety components, in 2010, initially serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, Ninivaggi served as President of Icahn Enterprises L.P. and its general partner, Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc., from April 2010 to February 2014; as its CEO from August 2010 to February 2014; and as a director from March 2012 until May 2015. Earlier in his career, Ninivaggi was Interim President and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. and held a variety of executive positions at Lear Corporation, an $18 billion global supplier of automotive seating and electrical power management systems and components. Ninivaggi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hertz Global Holdings.
Brian Kaner is President – Service & Real Estate for Icahn Automotive and Pep Boys, leading Service sales and operations and driving the Company’s expansion of its comprehensive national service network. Kaner joined Icahn Automotive as a Senior Vice President (SVP), overseeing strategy, corporate development activity and the Company’s real estate portfolio, and has been instrumental in multiple independent service-related acquisitions. Previously, Kaner was President of Sears Auto Centers, with responsibility for hundreds of service locations across the U.S., and also served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sears Home Services and Appliance and Stanley Black & Decker Security Solutions. Earlier in his career, Kaner also held management roles with Mac Tools and GE.
Terry Winslow is President - Retail Store Operations & Customer Experience, overseeing Pep Boys locations across the U.S., and the creation of a customer first service culture for Icahn Automotive. Winslow’s extensive industry experience includes a three-decade career with Pep Boys, during which he served in multiple leadership roles, including Vice President (VP) of Operations and as a Divisional VP and VP of HR. Most recently, Winslow served as VP of Store Operations, Asset Protection and Real Estate and a Regional VP for Advance Auto Parts.
Wade Sharp is President – Commercial, managing Icahn Automotive’s Commercial business operations. Previously, Sharp served in various leadership roles for the Company, including as Senior Vice President of Store Sales and Operations for Pep Boys and Auto Plus. Prior to joining Icahn Automotive businesses, Sharp was a Regional VP at Advance Auto Parts and also held senior sales positions in the automotive aftermarket, as well as the retail and food industries.
Laura Soave is Executive Vice President (EVP) - Marketing & Merchandising, overseeing the Company’s brand and leading the go-to-market strategy, including all digital and media communications. Soave has had an accomplished career with the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Most recently, Soave was SVP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Federal-Mogul Motorparts, where she had responsibility for the company’s global brand strategy and led strategic initiatives and investments in product and service innovation, brand value and digital communications platforms. Soave began her career at the Ford Motor Company in marketing and brand management roles, then moved to the Volkswagen Group, last serving as General Manager of Experiential Marketing, and, later, Chrysler Group LLC, where she successfully led the reintroduction of the FIAT brand to North America.
Chris Cox is SVP – Store Support Service, with responsibility for all Icahn Automotive Group store integrations, set-up support and conversions. Cox also partners with Business Presidents to lead merger and acquisition activity for the Company. Prior to Cox’s current role, he served in several senior-level roles with Icahn Automotive, Pep Boys and Auto Plus. Previously, Cox worked with Uni-Select USA as VP of Corporate Store Sales and Operations, and held several other leadership titles. With nearly four decades of experience in the automotive aftermarket, Cox has extensive executive experience and has served on various industry boards and committees.
Michael Nevin is CFO of Icahn Automotive Group, overseeing all corporate Finance functions including accounting, tax and treasury. Nevin has a wealth of experience in financial analysis and strategy. Prior to joining the Company, Nevin was a Managing Director and Financial Analyst at Icahn Enterprises L.P., where he was responsible for analyzing and monitoring portfolio companies. Earlier in Nevin’s career, he was employed by Jefferies LLC as a Research Analyst covering the Utilities sector and held various roles at JP Morgan Investment Bank. Nevin serves as a director of several companies, including Viskase Companies, Inc., Conduent Incorporated, Ferrous Resources Limited, and Icahn Enterprises L.P., and has previously served as a director of American Railcar Industries, Inc., and Federal-Mogul LLC.
Matt Flannery is SVP – General Counsel & Secretary, overseeing all legal and compliance matters, as well as Environment, Health and Safety, Property Management, Loss Prevention, Business Integration and Licensing for Icahn Automotive. Flannery previously served in senior leadership roles at Pep Boys and Auto Plus. Prior to joining Icahn Automotive businesses, Flannery was Senior Counsel, North America, for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, where he led key business and legal decisions relating to OEM, replacement, retail, sales, distribution, marketing, quality and labeling. Earlier in Flannery’s career, he was Senior Litigation Counsel at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and an Associate at the law firm Jones Day.
Liviu Dedes is SVP and Chief People Officer (CPO), leading the Human Resources (HR) division at Icahn Automotive, including ensuring employees have the tools and resources to provide outstanding customer service. Earlier in Dedes’ career, he led the training and organizational development function at Pep Boys, after starting as a service technician and progressing through operations and management roles. Prior to returning to the automotive aftermarket, Dedes spent more than a decade as a VP of HR at Aramark, a global provider of food, uniform and facilities services, with oversight for performance management, employee engagement, succession and talent management, learning and development, and HR metrics and systems.
Jarrod Phipps is SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO), leading Information Technology (IT) at Icahn Automotive to create unique experiences for customers in-store and online. Phipps previously held the CIO role at two large retail companies: A.C. Moore, the arts and crafts chain, and Clarks Americas, the footwear manufacturer and retailer. Throughout Phipps’ career, he has proven to be a transformative IT leader with a customer-first mindset. Prior to joining Clarks, Phipps spent more than a decade as a management consultant in Deloitte’s strategy, technology and innovation practices in the consumer products, retail and healthcare industries. While at Deloitte, Phipps worked on automotive aftermarket brands, including Prestone, Autolite and FRAM.
Danielle Porto Parra is SVP and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) with responsibility for Icahn Automotive’s eCommerce and digital marketing, as well as Commercial marketing activities. Most recently, Porto Parra served as CMO for Build.com, the third-largest online home improvement retailer and was previously VP of Marketing & Customer Strategy at Petco. In addition to Porto Parra’s multi-channel retail experience, she has held Marketing leadership roles in the hospitality, eCommerce, music and technology industries in her two-decade career.
Pete Bednarzyk oversees all distribution, transportation, inventory and supply chain strategy for Icahn Automotive, after holding senior leadership roles with both Pep Boys and Auto Plus. Previously, Bednarzyk served as a Senior Director at the Home Depot where he led operations, distribution engineering, facilities sustainment and supply chain business intelligence initiatives. Throughout Bednarzyk’ s three-decade career, he has held roles in supply chain, transportation, distribution and corporate strategy at industry- leading companies such as Office Depot, FedEx and UPS.