A pair of automotive aftermarket veterans have joined the Automotive Industries Association of Canada.
The group announced that Linda Donnini and Sean Corcelli have been appointed to senior positions with the association.
After 15 years with the likes of NAPA Auto Parts and Uni-Select, Donnini is now vice-president, member relations while Corcelli will lead the Alberta division as its executive director.
“Being passionate about the automotive aftermarket, I am excited to be joining such a dynamic team to represent all the players in this important market in Canada,” Donnini said. ” I look forward to working with all stakeholders involved to ensure continuous engagement and value.”
In 2012, she was named the Younge Leader of the Year Award winner from the Young Executive Society (now called Young Professionals in the Aftermarket).
Corcelli has a long history with the AIA, serving on the board of directors from 2000-2003, including as its chairman in 2002.
“My objective as executive director, Alberta division shall be to support our very able northern and southern division volunteers,” Corcelli said. “I hope to play an integral role in the formation of the Automotive Service Associate Program (ASAP) within AIA Canada.”
Corcelli has been in the aftermarket since 1980 when he joined Acklands. He moved to Uni-Select following its acquisition of the Bumper to Bumper brand from Acklands-Grainger in 2002 before retiring as its regional vice president, Prairies division in 2017. That same year, the AIA recognized him with the Distinguished Service Award.
“Both Linda and Sean will bring years of industry experience to AIA Canada,” said Jean-François Champagne, AIA Canada’s president. “They come with an already well developed network of contacts and partnerships within the aftermarket. They know the game and they know the players. They will be invaluable assets to the association and its members.”
With the new additions, the AIA will focus its efforts on engaging with members, it said in an announcement.