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Carey CEO Gary Kessler Leaves Company

Posted on April 18, 2018
Carey International CEO Gary Kessler has left the company, according to an April 17 announcement. (LCT file photo)
Carey International CEO Gary Kessler has left the company, according to an April 17 announcement. (LCT file photo)

FREDERICK, Md. --- President and CEO Gary Kessler has left Carey International, a post he held for 11 years, the company said late Tuesday.

Carey, one of the largest chauffeured luxury fleet networks in the world, did not say specifically why Kessler left nor has the company named a successor.

Mitch Lahr, Carey's chief financial officer, said in an emailed statement: "Mr. Kessler’s departure is part of ongoing changes to the management structure and strategic direction of the company. While our leadership may be changing, our service and our dedication to the duty of care is not. Our clients will continue to count on Carey and Embarque services to deliver the safest and most reliable ground transportation solutions in more than 1,000 cities worldwide across the industry’s only global franchise network.”

NLA President Gary Buffo (L) introduced an affiliate networks panel on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas that included (L to R) Kessler and CEOs Scott Solombrino of Dav El/Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network and David Seelinger, CEO of Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services (LCT file photo).
NLA President Gary Buffo (L) introduced an affiliate networks panel on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas that included (L to R) Kessler and CEOs Scott Solombrino of Dav El/Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network and David Seelinger, CEO of Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services (LCT file photo).
Kessler was promoted to President and CEO of Carey in April 2007, according to a press release LCT published that month. He was named President and chief operating officer in January 2007. Kessler joined Carey in 1999 and served as executive vice president, COO, and general counsel. Kessler holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

As of this posting, Carey's marketing manager has not responded to questions from LCT Magazine. LCT will update this article as more information becomes available.

Carey International, based northwest of Washington, D.C., last year ranked No. 3 on the LCT 50 Largest Fleets List with 1,556 vehicles, and has consistently appeared among the top four largest fleets on previous LCT fleets lists.

Source: Carey International press release

Related Topics: affiliate networks, Carey International, executive changes, Gary Kessler, industry leaders, largest fleets, Top 50 Largest Fleets

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