Northwood University Appoints Donna Wagner Chair of Automotive Aftermarket Management Program

Donna Wagner

Northwood University announces the appointment of Donna Wagner as chair of the Aftermarket Management Program. Wagner will be responsible for the aftermarket program on the Michigan Campus and will assume this position starting November 1.

Dr. Keith Pretty, president and CEO at Northwood University, states, “We are very pleased to have Donna as the chair of the Aftermarket Management Program. Her knowledge of Northwood and her experience in the automotive aftermarket industry will be valuable assets to the program here at Northwood.”

Rick Guirlinger, chair of the Automotive Aftermarket Advisory Board of Northwood University and retired controller/treasurer of General Parts International, Inc., states, “Ms. Wagner’s appointment as chair of the Automotive Aftermarket Program demonstrates Northwood’s ongoing commitment to the industry. She will be an effective and engaged leader of this program.”

Wagner earned a B.S. in computer science from Mount Union College in Alliance, OH, and her M.B.A. in marketing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. She also earned her Automotive Aftermarket Professional designation (AAP) in 2000 from Northwood University. She was awarded the Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award in 2000.

Wagner brings over 20 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry to Northwood University including serving as the president of the Car Care Council, which then became part of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). She is a program committee member and previous speaker for the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS). Other working experiences include Wells Manufacturing as a category and marketing manager and marketing services manager for Tenneco.


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