COLUMBUS, OH – Belron US named a 20-year veteran of its Safelite AutoGlass business, Thomas Feeney, the new president and chief executive officer. He will lead the nation's largest vehicle glass replacement and repair company, along with Safelite Solutions, the claims management operation and national network of glass fulfillment services, and Safelite Glass Corp., the manufacturing arm of the company.
Feeney, 56, a resident of Dublin, Ohio, succeeds Dan Wilson, 57, who is retiring. Feeney joined Safelite in 1988 and served as executive vice president and chief client officer of Belron US after Belron acquired Safelite Group in 2007. Feeney assumes his new role July 1.
Feeney was instrumental in helping establish Safelite as a national company with a nationally-known brand. He was integral to the creation and growth of Safelite Solutions, ensuring its rise as the leader in the vehicle claim processing industry. Safelite Solutions now includes partnerships with more than 100 insurance and commercial fleet leasing companies, two national contact centers that handle more than 13 million calls per year, and a database network of more than 50,000 independent glass shops.
Since joining Safelite, Feeney has held several positions within the organization, including senior vice president, retail operations and group senior vice president. In October 1991, he was promoted to senior vice president, client sales and support and then to executive vice president and chief client officer for Safelite Solutions in 2003.
An expert in the automotive retail industry, Feeney previously served as vice president of franchise operations for Tenneco Automotive Retail, located in Illinois. He also served in sales and operations positions with Hertz and American International Rent-a-Car.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet