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People Watching 05/23/12

Thomas McKernan has retired as the CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California after serving 46 years with the organization and 21 years as chief executive. He was succeeded by Bob Bouttier, who was president and chief operating officer. The Automobile Club of Southern California is the largest member of the AAA federation of motor clubs. Among the services it provides are roadside assistance, automotive testing and analysis, and highway and transportation safety programs.

The Insignia Group (Rock Hill, SC), an automotive accessories sales program and training specialist, has hired Andrew McClure as its sales manager for the Midwest region. He is a former after-sales training facilitator with Chrysler Academy and a one-time OEM sales manager for Katzkin Leather Interiors.

Volkswagen of America (Herndon, VA) has appointed David Durant as its Northeast region director, responsible for managing sales and after-sales operations, strengthening local dealer relations, and promoting the brand on a regional level. Durant was director of VW brand after-sales.

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