ATLANTA — Manheim has named Julie Picard to the new role of vice president of industry partnerships. Executives said she will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for all automotive industry groups, including the National Auto Auction Association, for which she will serve as president in 2021. She will also work with parent company Cox Automotive’s government and industry relations teams to address key issues facing its partners and the industry.

“Julie’s reputation as a leader with high integrity and a clear vision for the future — combined with her strong relationships and influence in the industry — make her the ideal choice for this important role,” said Patrick Brennan, senior vice president of Manheim Marketplace. “Her knowledge of the economic, commercial and political environment will help others in the industry understand our vision for the future while driving our company, our industry, and our clients toward innovative solutions.”

Picard has held a variety of roles in her 28-year career with Manheim, starting with controller and manager of finance and administration for Manheim Seattle in 1992. Most recently, she served as West region vice president and, prior to that, vice president and general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania.

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