Carolyn Edwards, vice president, manufacturer relations and business solutions for LeasePlan USA.

Carolyn Edwards, vice president, manufacturer relations and business solutions for LeasePlan USA.

ALPHARETTA, GA – LeasePlan USA has appointed Carolyn Edwards to the position of vice president, manufacturer relations and business solutions. The company stated that in this newly created client relations role, Edwards will be responsible for providing solutions to LeasePlan’s manufacturer partners.

LeasePlan USA explained she will demonstrate a strategic focus, provide analytics, and offer a consultative approach in this role. The company added it has tasked her with retaining and growing LeasePlan’s manufacturer relations program through increased service penetration, greater dealership participation, and by adding manufacturer partners.

“Carolyn brings a distinctive set of skills to this position,” said Bryan Steele, senior vice president, client relations. During her four years as director of operations, vehicle acquisition, she successfully forged strong relationships with our manufacturer partners that make her a perfect fit for this new role.”

According to LeasePlan USA, during the 20 years she has worked at the company, she has served in a variety of critical positions that allowed her to gain knowledge in different, key aspects of the business. In her most recent role as director of operations, vehicle acquisition, she managed the factory ordering, upfitting, stock and manufacturer receivable groups at LeasePlan. The company added that she also managed the relationship between LeasePlan and the auto manufacturers, upfit suppliers, and national dealership franchises. Prior to that role, she was a director in client services where she oversaw the account managers of all strategic accounts and served as a key contact for clients.

The company noted that Edwards’ 27 years of industry experience also includes working on the dealership side of the business, where she worked as a customer service manager and service manager.

Edwards is also a founding member of the industry organization Women in Fleet Management (WIFM), which is a group that brings together “like minded” people in the industry and serves as a resource for female leaders in fleet positions. She is also a member of NAFA Fleet Management Association, Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA), and the Women’s Leadership Council.