In an effort to reorganize its wholesale distribution business, Keystone Automotive made several changes at the highest ranks of the companies’ executive team last month, including the addition of a new leader of Keystone Automotive and the exit of former NTP-Stag Vice President and GM of Sales Joe Santangelo.
Santangelo left the company last month “to pursue a career opportunity with a different company and to relocate closer to his family home,” the company said in a written statement.
Meanwhile, Bill Rogers will lead Keystone Automotive and NTP-Stag at the highest level. Justin Jude, who was previously the president of Keystone, takes on a new role with parent company LKQ Corp. Rogers was previously vice president of category management with Keystone Automotive.
“I am truly excited about the future of our company and the direction we are headed at KAO,” Jude said in a statement.
KAO is the primary LKQ subsidiary listed in the pending acquisition of Coast Distribution, according to documents from the Federal Trade Commission.
“Our realignment of resources across the company will better enable us to serve our growing market presence,” Rogers said. “From customer service and supplier relationship management to inventory control and operational efficiencies, we are positioned very favorably to meet the demands of the markets we serve while continuing to provide an exceptional customer experience.”
To fill the position vacated by Rogers, Larry Montante was promoted as Keystone’s vice president of category management, and Jon White will retain his current RV market segment responsibilities and pick up the towing segment as well.
Ralph Ruzzi, the senior sales leader for NTP-Stag in Canada, maintains that position.