Former head of Mazda returns to Canada
Donald Romano has joined Hyundai Canada in the newly created position of chief operating officer. Romano’s key responsibilities will be sales, marketing, parts, service, product and strategic planning, and public relations.
He will report to Steve Kelleher, president and CEO. With the addition of Romano, Kelleher will spend more time managing the organization’s overall strategic direction as well as leading the company’s IT, legal, human resources, and finance departments.
After entering the automotive industry with Nissan North America in 1985, Romano joined Mazda Motor Corporation in 2000. He progressed through a number of sales and marketing positions before becoming the managing director and president of Mazda Canada in 2006.
In 2010, his responsibilities at Mazda expanded. With the added title of Chief Marketing Officer, he led the company’s marketing activities across North America. In 2012, Mr. Romano became the senior managing director and chief marketing officer with ALJ International.