The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) has appointed Michael Kotula as its Southeast regional sales manager, the company announced.

Kotula comes to CEI from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, where he was a regional account manager for vertical market claims. Prior to that, he served as product manager in the automotive managed repair program for Crawford and Company.

"Michael's combined experience, with risk management as well as with claims in managed repair programs, provides valuable perspective on the accident, safety and risk management needs of our fleet clients," said Wayne Smolda, CEI's president and chief executive officer. "His insights will help them mitigate risk and reduce financial exposure."

Kotula holds ARM, AIS, and AINS certifications. He will be based in Atlanta.