MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd., Canada's leading moving company, named Dan Lawrence President, effective as of September 1st, 2017. As President, Lawrence will have the responsibility for the Company's five operating divisions under the corporate group MoverOne Group – United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd., Mayflower Canada, MoverOne International, Univan Leasing Ltd. and MoverOne Logistics. He will report directly to the Board of Directors.
Lawrence, a 30 year veteran at United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd., began his career at the Company after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. Since 2008, Lawrence served as Vice-President of Finance assuming financial responsibility for United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. and its subsidiary leasing company, Univan Leasing Ltd. His responsibilities included oversight of the Directors of Finance and Accounting, Customer Care, Information Technology and Federal Government Services.
When the Company applied for its ISO 9000 quality certification in 1996, Lawrence played an integral part in developing the systems and management strategies to make the program a success. He continued to lead the ISO program for five years.
"The Board unanimously agrees Dan Lawrence's strong core values and proven ability to deliver make him the right leader," said Rod Speers, Chairman of The Board of Directors. "Dan's wealth of experience across our systems is a valuable asset and essential for the continued success of our van line and Member Family."
Reporting to Lawrence will be executives Dave Hitchon, Vice-President of Operations; Carmen Stang, Director of Marketing and Corporate Services; Jeanne Rah, Director of Information Technology; Jason Hounsell, Director of Customer Care; Catherine Chan, Director of Finance; Huw Jones, General Manager of MoverOne International; Marlene Lobelio, Director of Member/Board Services; Pat Marino, Manager of Univan Leasing Ltd.
"I am honoured and humbled to be accepting the position of President at United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd." said Lawrence. "I look forward to partnering with our Board of Directors, stakeholders and leadership team to continue to foster an environment where collaboration and strategy accelerates our already strong organization and its vision."
Concurrent to Lawrence's appointment, Anne Martin, President of United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd., will retire after a distinguished 35 year career at the Company with 18 years as President. Martin will stay with the Company to ensure a smooth transition until the end of the year. Further, she will serve as an adviser to the Company and Board of Directors on key strategic initiatives for two years following.
Under Martin's leadership, United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. became up to 100 percent Canadian-owned business and recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies with a Platinum designation. Additionally, Martin introduced the international division, MoverOne International, to the Company's portfolio and launched Mayflower in Canada.
"Dan has been instrumental in the success of United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd.," said Martin. "His appointment comes as no surprise and I am pleased the time has come for him to lead the business into its next stage of life."
"The role of President in our organization has been filled by a tremendous person and leader for the last 18 years," said Lawrence. "Anne has paved an excellent path for us to grow by positioning the company as the number one van line in Canada."
About United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd.
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is a network of domestic and international moving companies. With over 125 independent Members across Canada, United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is proudly a 100 percent Canadian owned and operated van line. The Company's 64 years of operation has given United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. the knowledge and trusted reputation customers expect from a moving company. Operating in partnership with the MoverOne Group, the group collaborates to offer value driven full-service moving, container moving, do-it-yourself moving, cross-border and overseas relocation services. More information can be found on www.uvl.ca. Moving with Care – Everywhere Since 1953
About MoverOne Group
MoverOne Group centralizes Canada's leading professional moving and storage services through its recognized companies and brands. Incorporated in 1953 as United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd., MoverOne Group has represented United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd., Mayflower Canada, MoverOne International, MoverOne Logistics and Univan Leasing Ltd. since 2005.
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