The head of Cox Automotive's auction arm Manheim is moving to a new role in the company and is being replaced by a veteran Manheim executive.
Cox has named Janet Barnard its "chief people officer," replacing longtime human resources leader Rock Anderson, 56, who will assist with Barnard's transition before he retires.
Barnard, 58, has been president of the company's Inventory Solutions group for three years, overseeing brands such as Manheim, Ready Logistics and RMS Automotive. Grace Huang, 42, will replace Barnard in that role. Huang, who has been Manheim Inventory Solutions' senior vice president running auction operations, digital services and the execution of an enhanced auction model, will be president of Cox Automotive Inventory Solutions.
Both moves are effective Oct. 2, a company spokeswoman said.
"Janet's leadership style and passion for developing people are exactly what we need to further integrate Cox Automotive teams," said Sandy Schwartz, Cox Automotive president, in a statement. "Her creativity, operational expertise and outstanding industry reputation will help us solidify our place as a destination for top talent."
Barnard, who reports to Schwartz, had led the transformation of Cox's core vehicle auction business to incorporate an increasing digital and mobile strategy, a $400 million multiyear auction modernization effort and the rollout of an end-to-end inventory solutions strategy. Before joining Cox Automotive in Atlanta, Barnard worked at Cox Communications.
In her new role, Barnard will develop Cox's culture and talent management program.