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Dan Frank promoted to President of Wheels, Inc.

Des Plaines, Ill, September 5, 2014 – Wheels, Inc., a leader in the automotive fleet management and services industry, has announced that Dan Frank has been promoted to president of the company.  

In his new role, Frank is in charge of virtually all of Wheels’ business units. He continues to report to his father, Jim Frank, who previously served as Wheels’ president, and remains the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board.

Dan becomes just the third president in Wheels’ 75-year history.  The company’s first president was Armund Schoen, who co-founded Wheels with Dan’s grandfather, Zollie Frank, in 1939.  Zollie’s son Jim became the company’s second president in 1974.

“Dan has demonstrated tremendous creativity and leadership skills that have provided significant value to both our clients and our own organization,” said Jim Frank.  “He was chiefly responsible for leading a period of exceptional growth for our Canadian business; optimizing our approaches to product management, technology development and innovation; and spearheading quality and project management initiatives in various areas of the organization.

“With his broad experience and exemplary executive skills, I am confident that Dan will play a significant role in providing new levels of service for our clients and launching Wheels on an extraordinarily successful trajectory for our next 75 years.”

Dan has held various cross-functional executive leadership positions throughout his 16-year tenure at Wheels.  He most recently served as president of the Wheels Services business, a role in which he oversaw the company’s service programs like maintenance, accident management, safety, telematics and tolling.   He is also a member of Wheels’ board of directors, president of the company’s Canadian arm (Wheels Leasing Canada, Ltd.) and chairman of Ixe Fleet, Wheels’ joint venture in Mexico.

In addition to his experience at Wheels, Dan worked in systems development at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and environmental management for the U.S. Department of the Interior.  He also founded a successful online restaurant supply business, and was part of the early management team at Onsale, a Kleiner Perkins-funded startup that was acquired by Amazon.

Dan is on the Board of Directors of the American Automobile Leasing Association and represents the fleet industry on legislative and regulatory policy. An advocate for fleet safety issues, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Safety Council.

Dan graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and earned his Master of Business Administration degree at Stanford University. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

About Wheels, Inc.

Wheels, Inc. was established in 1939 as the world’s first automotive fleet leasing and management company.   Seventy-five years later, Wheels is one of the largest privately-held companies in North America, featuring a portfolio of 315,000 vehicles under management across the continent, capabilities in 40 countries worldwide, and a client base that consists of some of the best-known businesses in the world.   In addition to vehicle acquisition and leasing, Wheels provides numerous specialized services that help all sorts of organizations manage their fleets.  These include driver/vehicle support functions like maintenance management, fuel cards, and registration processing, as well as strategic account-level consultation to drive optimal fleet efficiency and measure results.  For additional information, please contact info@wheels.com.

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