MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Mike Jurecki, Chief Executive Officer
Mike Jurecki has vast knowledge of automotive retail distribution systems covering all channels with a deep understanding of both automotive Dealers and automakers. In June 2016, Mr. Jurecki was appointed chief executive officer of FordDirect, to help drive continued innovation and expand digital offerings to help Ford and Lincoln Dealers sell more cars and trucks.
Previously, Mr. Jurecki served as CEO of RouteOne for 14 years, and led its formation as a joint venture owned by Ally Financial, Ford Motor Credit Company, TD Auto Finance and Toyota Financial Services. Under Mr. Jurecki’s leadership, RouteOne experienced exceptional growth and success where it grew its indirect lending finance source network to over 1,300 organizations and formed an industry-leading 130 Dealer service provider integration. It also earned industry leadership in eContracting, having processed two million eContracts in 2015.
Prior to RouteOne, Mr. Jurecki served as the director of operations for Ford Credit’s Capital Efficiency unit and worked for Ford Credit in the United Kingdom as the general manager of its Customer Service Center, as well as in a separate assignment as the manager of World Wide Trade Financing. Mr. Jurecki spent the majority of his 20-plus years with Ford Credit in a number of field positions across the country, ranging from assistant customer service representative to branch manager of their largest U.S. branch operation. In April 2004, Mr. Jurecki made the decision to leave Ford Credit and join RouteOne as a full-time employee.
Mr. Jurecki received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University in 1983. He later earned master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Detroit in 1994 and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in 1995.
Kevin Liederbach, Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Liederbach is the chief financial officer at FordDirect. In this role, Mr. Liederbach oversees the finance and accounting department at FordDirect, and is responsible for the overall financial operations for the organization.
Prior to joining FordDirect in 2015, he completed a secondment assignment as interim CFO for Sollers Holding (Russia) and has held a variety of financial leadership roles at Ford, including controller, emerging market services; and director, corporate development.
Mr. Liederbach holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University in Ohio, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
R.J. Bussone, Chief Information Officer
R.J. Bussone is chief information officer at FordDirect. In this role, R.J. is responsible for technology compliance, infrastructure management, data security and technical innovation.
R.J. previously served as FordDirect’s vice president, innovation and integration and was responsible for leading transformative product and service design.
Prior to joining FordDirect in 2017, R.J. served in various technical leadership roles at RouteOne LLC, including software development and delivery, integration and customer strategy.
Bussone received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business.
Beth Hill, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Ms. Hill is the general counsel and chief compliance officer at FordDirect. Ms. Hill’s automotive and technology experience spans more than a decade and focuses on how data is transforming the automotive experience and industry. At FordDirect, Ms. Hill is focused on risk management activities, including leadership of the legal, purchasing and compliance functions. Prior to joining FordDirect in February 2013 as assistant general counsel, Ms. Hill was senior counsel and privacy counsel for Chrysler Group LLC, where her internal clients included connected vehicles, sales and marketing, information technology, purchasing, digital and engineering. Ms. Hill has a bachelor's degree from New York University and a juris doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law. She is also certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as an information privacy professional (CIPP).
Caryn Rainey, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Caryn Rainey is the senior vice president of human resources at FordDirect. In this role, Caryn is focused on employee relations and compensation, management development, performance management and recruiting.
Prior to joining FordDirect in 2013, Caryn spent five years at MXM Health as the senior vice president of operations and administration, where she was promoted twice within four years. Her responsibilities included developing strategies that prepared MXM Health's workforce to achieve agency goals and deliver high-quality client solutions. She also managed project operations, human resources, IT and office and facility services.
Previously, Caryn worked for Market Strategies International, IAC, Woolpert and PMH Caramanning, Inc.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and public relations from Miami University and has earned a Senior Professionals in Human Resources certificate (SPHR).