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 CEO of Icahn Automotive Group LLC and Managing Director of 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. He 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. Dan previously 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 Chief Executive Officer 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 Chief Executive Officer 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 and Navistar International.
Bill Ihnken leads Service sales and operations for Icahn Automotive. Ihnken has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket, most recently as President and CEO of Just Brakes, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack. Prior to Just Brakes, Ihnken spent 13 years as President of Retail, and later Chief Operating Officer, of TBC Retail Group, a leading retail tire and automotive services provider with 900+ multiple branded retail outlets. Earlier in his career, Ihnken served in operations leadership roles at several tire and automotive service providers.
Terry Winslow is President - Retail, Store Operations & Customer Experience for Icahn Automotive. Winslow’s extensive industry experience includes a previous 29-year career with Pep Boys during which he served in multiple leadership roles, including Vice President of Operations (East), Divisional Vice President, and Vice President HR. Most recently, Winslow served as Vice President Store Operations, Asset Protection and Real Estate for Advance Auto Parts and, prior to that, as Advance’s Regional Vice President (RVP) for the Mid-Atlantic region.
Wade Sharp, President - Commercial, has served in a variety of leadership roles for Icahn Automotive Group including Senior Vice President of Store Sales and Operations for Auto Plus and Pep Boys. Before joining Auto Plus, Sharp was a Regional Vice President at Advance Auto Parts and held senior sales positions in several industries, including the automotive aftermarket, retail and food.
Laura Soave joined Icahn Automotive to lead the company’s merchandising, marketing, communications, and commercial strategies after an already accomplished career with the world’s leading vehicle and automotive aftermarket manufacturers. Most recently, Soave was Senior Vice President, 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. Laura 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.
James Healy oversees all financial functions for Icahn Automotive businesses. Healy previously served in a variety of leadership roles for Icahn Automotive Group, including Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Franchise, and Strategy. Prior to joining Icahn Automotive, Healy served as Vice President of Business Development for FastPay, a financial technology company. Healy has also held various positions at GE Capital and Ford Motor Company.
Matt Flannery oversees all legal and compliance matters, as well as Environmental, Real Estate, Property Management, Loss Prevention, Business Integration and Licensing, for Icahn Automotive. He previously served in senior leadership roles at Auto Plus and Pep Boys. Before joining Auto Plus in 2015, 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, manufacturing, quality and labeling.
Liviu Dedes leads human resources (HR) at Icahn Automotive, including ensuring our customer-facing employees have the right tools and resources they need to provide outstanding service. Earlier in his career, Dedes led the training and organizational development function at Pep Boys, after starting as an ASE Master Technician in a service center and progressing through operations and management roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to returning to the Icahn Automotive family, Dedes spent more than a decade as a Vice President in HR at Aramark, a global provider of food, uniform, and facilities services, where he had oversight for performance management, succession and talent management, learning and development, employee engagement, and HR metrics and systems.
Gary Desai, who has over 30 years of experience, sets all Information Technology (IT) strategies for Icahn Automotive and its companies. Prior to joining Auto Plus as Chief Information Officer (CIO), Desai served as Vice President and CIO for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. Earlier in his career, Desai was the Vice President of Information Technology for Honeywell Corporation.
Danielle Porto Mohn leads all marketing strategy, brand, media placement, creative, analytics and digital, as well as eCommerce and customer satisfaction, for Icahn Automotive and its family of brands. Most recently, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Build.com, the third-largest online home improvement retailer and, prior to that, as the Vice President of Marketing & Customer Strategy at Petco. In addition to her multi-channel retail experience, Porto Mohn has held Marketing leadership roles in the hospitality, eCommerce, music and technology industries in a career spanning 18+ years.
Pete Bednarzyk oversees all distribution, transportation, inventory and supply chain strategy for Icahn Automotive. Pete previously served in senior leadership roles for Auto Plus and Pep Boys. Before joining Auto Plus and Pep Boys in 2015, Pete served as a Senior Director at the Home Depot where he led operations, distribution engineering, facilities sustainment and supply chain business intelligence initiatives. Pete is a 28 year veteran in Supply Chain / Transportation / Distribution & Corporate Strategy and has served in similar roles at Office Depot, FedEx, YRS and UPS.
Brian Kaner oversees facilities and property management, regional market development, M&A activities in the service line of business, and the real estate portfolio for Icahn Automotive businesses. Kaner has more than 20 years of experience in financial and operations leadership within the industrial and business services industries. He has an expertise in operations finance, working capital management, strategic planning, and organizational leadership and development. Most recently, Kaner was President of Sears Auto Centers, where he was responsible for 650 Auto Centers. Prior to serving as President, Kaner was CFO/COO of Sears Home Services and Appliance businesses. He also has held COO and CFO positions with Stanley Black & Decker.