OTTAWA — Growing Ottawa dealership group Myers Automotive has named a prominent business figure from the Capital Region as its first chief executive officer.
Cyril Leeder, a founder of the Ottawa Senators and most recently the NHL team's president and chief operating officer, will oversee the group's operations and help put in place long-term strategies, Myers Automotive said Monday.
Harry Mews, who co-owns the group of 17 locations with brother Robert, said Leeder's experience and history of local involvement in corporate and non-profit boards are key assets.
“Beyond being a community leader in Ottawa for so many years he will bring a unique perspective to the rapidly changing automotive retail industry,” Mews said in a release.
Leeder was with the Senators for 27 years before being dismissed by owner Eugene Melynk in January 2017 in a management reorganization that was heavily criticized by fans.
Myers was established in 1942 as the successor to Ottawa's first General Motors franchise and has been owned by the Mews family since 1972. It now sells 13 auto brands in the Capital Region and has two Carstar collision centres.
With a growing number of dealerships and nearly 1,000 employees, the timing was right to bring in a chief executive, said Rob Mews.