DETROIT – Mike Lahr, director of logistics for LKQ Corp., was named the 2010 Fleet Executive of the Year. The award, sponsored by Fleet Financials magazine and CEI, was presented in a special ceremony at the NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) Institute & Expo Sunday, April 25.

Lahr directs a 2,900-unit fleet at LKQ, a national provider of aftermarket collision replacement, recycled OEM parts, and refurbished OEM collision replacement products. A 32-year fleet industry veteran, Lahr also heads corporate purchasing programs and is responsible for negotiations with LKQ product delivery vendors.

In his acceptance remarks, Lahr thanked the LKQ/Keystone Corp employees who "embraced all the changes we have made in making our Logistics Department World Class." He also recognized LKQ president and CEO Joseph Holsten for providing “us with great leadership and the tools to be as effective as we could in our efforts.”

Lahr dedicated the honor to his son, Nathan, currently on a second U.S. military tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Under Lahr’s direction, in 2009, LKQ distribution costs as percent of sales were reduced by 0.5 percentage points, while the company grew by 7.3 percent. Other accomplishments include creating the company’s World Class Logistics Network to boost efficiency, reduce costs, and improve customer service and developing overnight services program to customers from 300-plus LKQ facilities.

For information on the entire seven-member Fleet Financials 2010 Fleet Executive of the Year nomination slate, click here.