Finning Changes Top Executive Roles

Nov. 20, 2013

Finning International has named Juan Carlos Villegas president of Finning Canada, in addition to his position as chief operating officer of the company. Andy Fraser, currently president of Finning Canada, becomes executive vice president of customer and external relations for Finning International.

Fraser’s newly created role provides support in key areas, the company said. Fraser will focus on strengthening relationships with the company’s largest customers and assume ownership for fostering community and government relations, as well as provide additional support for dealer principals’ ongoing collaboration with Caterpillar.

The role will also provide strategic oversight and coordination across the operations to meet the commitment to continued safety excellence.

The appointment of Villegas to president of Finning Canada, based in Edmonton, Alberta, streamlines decision-making and accountability, the company said. Villegas will focus on overseeing all aspects of the Canadian operations with a mandate for delivering on key priorities in supply chain, service excellence, asset utilization, market share growth and talent development.

“This realignment of executive responsibilities capitalizes on these leaders’ strengths and aligns our structure at the senior level to meet our key priorities,” said Scott Thomson, president and CEO of Finning International. “Andy has done a tremendous job of successfully navigating our Canadian operations through some challenges and has laid a solid foundation for greater operational improvements. His ability to build solid business partnerships as well as his experience in diverse markets will be invaluable in his new position. Additionally, I am confident that Juan Carlos’ experience and focus on execution will enable him to expand on the progress underway to further strengthen the Finning Canada business.”