ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DEKRA North America (NA), Inc. today announced that Peter Villari has joined the company in the new role of Vice President, Automotive Expertise. Villari will be responsible for the strategy, profitability, and service level growth of DEKRA’s Automotive Expertise group, which provides a wide range of third-party, independent, and unbiased inspection, appraisal, and resale services to the automotive industry.
Villari has over 18 years of experience in the automotive, reverse logistics, and manufacturing industries, handling both domestic and international projects. His areas of expertise include customer service, repair management, logistics and distribution management, materials management, and service level agreement management.
Prior to joining DEKRA, he was an industry consultant, and before that held three director-level positions at Barco Inc., a $1 billion company. Villari also spent 13 years in increasingly responsible positions at Environmental Systems Products (ESP), a manufacturer of best-in-class emissions testing equipment. While at ESP, Villari served as General Manager of ESP de Mexico for two years where he led the Emission Testing Program in Mexico, which tested over 10 million cars every year.
Villari will be based in Atlanta and will report directly to Donald O. Nicholson, President and Chief Regional Officer of DEKRA NA. He also will serve as a member of the DEKRA Automotive North America executive team.
“Pete’s expertise in operations and customer service will make him a great asset to our customers, our employees, and to the DEKRA brand,” said Nicholson. “He has the skills and strategic vision to lead and grow our Automotive Expertise business, and we are very excited to have him join our company.”
“DEKRA has a long and well-earned reputation in the automotive industry of providing exceptional service and value to its customers. Our unbiased assessments and actionable information helps customers expedite effective decisions and transactions that support their business and legal needs,” said Villari. “I look forward to working with our team to continue growing this important part of our business in North America.”
DEKRA’s Automotive Expertise group has been in operation since 1997. Service offerings include third-party, independent reports for automotive liability, warranty claims, mechanical failure, DOT regulations, catastrophe-related claims, damage caused in movement of cargo, physical damage, and remarketing.
DEKRA is one of the world’s leading expert organizations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. More than 32,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA business units “Automotive,” “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide professional and innovative services in the fields of vehicle inspection, expertise, claims services, system certification, product testing & certification, industrial & construction inspection, consulting, qualification and temporary work. In 2013, DEKRA generated sales totaling approximately 2.3 billion Euros.