Christy Coyte was named AF's Professional Fleet Manager of the Year in 2009.
Coyte supervises the strategic direction, coordination, and implementation and management of fleet activities for JCI, a global leader in automotive systems, building efficiency and power solutions. Coyte oversees fleet operations in more than 30 countries, managing more than 17,000 vehicles, including about 7,500 in the U.S.
Coyte joined fleet 14 years ago, but began her career with Johnson Controls in 1978, holding various positions in audit, legal, and human resources. She has been a NAFA member since 1994, currently serving as Michigan chapter secretary. Coyte is also a member of the LeasePlan's Future Directions (U.S.) and Global Advisory boards. Her work with LeasePlan has led to enhancement opportunities benefiting all LeasePlan clients.
Coyte has faced many challenges in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the economy's downturn, but she handled the roadblocks with a positive outlook and continued dedication and hard work. To ensure the effectiveness of the company's global fleet strategy - with a specific goal of cost reduction - JCI's European fleet program was reviewed in 2008.
Collaborating with all key stakeholders, the fleet team reviewed vehicle policies, terms and conditions, and the supplier base, resulting in the implementation of several key initiatives.
"We saved nearly $2 million in FY 2008 and 2009," Coyte said. "Essential to the initiatives' successful implementation was maintaining open communication and partnerships with suppliers, and there continues to be significant cost saving opportunities in 2009."