Written by: Zara McAlister (Canadian Auto Dealer – October 19, 2016)
British Columbia-based dealership group OpenRoad Auto Group has announced changes in senior management. The changes are meant to “keep employees challenged and engaged,” as part of the company’s strategy for workers.
Dimitri Kotsalis has been named the new General Manager of BMW Langley and MINI Langley and is responsible for operations at Porsche Centre Langley, OpenRoad Exotics and Infiniti Langley. He replaces Aly Jiwani with whom he swapped positions, making Jiwani the new General Manager of The BMW Store, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver and MINI Yaletown.
Both Kotsalis and Jiwani are veterans of the auto retail industry, said OpenRoad. Kotsalis has been the former GM of Mercedes-Benz Richmond and Mercedes-Benz Markham, and is a three time winner of the Mercedes-Benz Retailer of the Year award. Kotsalis was also a dealer principal with Mercedes-Benz Australia where he managed three factory-owned dealerships. In 2011, he became GM of The BMW Store, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver and MINI Yaletown.
Jiwani has held a variety of positions at OpenRoad dealerships since 2004, including those at OpenRoad Toyota Richmond and OpenRoad Honda where he received multiple Honda Canada Senior Sales Master Awards and Grandmaster Awards, said the dealership group. In 2010, he became the GM of BMW Langley and MINI Langley and then Porsche Centre Langley, OpenRoad Exotics and Infiniti Langley as they were built and opened.
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