ABC Companies names new CEO, senior management team

ABC Companies has announced several promotions in its senior management team. They are: 

  • Roman Cornell to ABC Companies Chief Executive Officer 
  • Dane Cornell to ABC Companies Board of Directors Executive Chairman 
  • Chuck Carns, ABC Companies CFO, joins ABC Companies Board of Directors 
  • John Gillis to Executive Vice President, ABC Companies Parts Source 
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Dane Cornell

Dane Cornell has successfully led ABC Companies while serving in innumerable executive posts and as CEO. Steering the company’s leadership team, he has developed executive talent focusing on upholding the company’s core values and sustained profitability. He will continue to mentor leadership and support the business as the Executive Chairman of the ABC Board. 

Roman Cornell has served in various regional and corporate positions with the company for 31 years. In his new role as CEO, he brings tremendous knowledge of the organization and industry, emphasizing customer relationships, senior team leadership, sales, operations and administration. In his most recent positions as President and Chief Commercial Officer, Roman has been the driving force as ABC has expanded its product portfolio to diversify into new markets, including zero emissions, while building on the core motorcoach industry.  

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Roman Cornell

Chuck Carns is the Chief Financial Officer of ABC Companies. His contributions have been instrumental as ABC has emerged from a challenging economy while investing in and entering new markets. Carns’ appointment brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board of Directors. 

John Gillis joined ABC Companies in 2000, holding numerous roles within the ABC Part Source business division.  Under his leadership, ABC Parts Source now services over 700 transit authorities and more than 2500 private coach operators. As Executive Vice President, Gillis oversees seven warehouse facilities in the U.S. and Canada along with all sales, inventory, procurement, logistics and customer support activities.  

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Chuck Carnes

These recent promotions follow the company’s history of leveraging its internal talent while injecting outside expertise to advance its market leadership position and enhance growth strategies. Guided by Cornell and Carns, the company successfully navigated the recent volatile market shifts by launching new product categories and technology initiatives in the private and public ground transportation sectors.

ABC Companies Parts Source business, led by Gillis, also experienced significant growth, capitalizing on shifting and emerging market opportunities encompassing motorcoach, transit and new vehicle categories, including battery electric vehicles. Today, ABC offers one of the broadest and most diverse portfolios in the industry. 

John Gillis
John Gillis

“Roman has confidently moved toward his new role, even while working through an unprecedented business environment,” Dane Cornell said. “He’s truly earned this new position, and it has been a long time coming. His knowledge of the industry, unwavering passion, commitment, and vision for moving our business and customers forward into the future can already be seen in the ABC Companies of today. We are proud to see growth and commitment in all areas of our executive leadership, and I look forward to supporting them as they transition into their new and expanded roles.” 

Roman Cornell’s appointment as CEO highlights the third generation of Cornell family leadership. Ryhan Cornell and Ashley Cornell, also part of that third generation, are growing leaders in the company. Isaac Cornell, from the fourth generation, also is participating in the family-owned and managed business. 

“I’m honored and humbled to build on the strong foundation built by my grandfather, father and uncle, and look forward to continued growth as we diversify across markets to ensure a strong future,” Roman Cornell said. “Our customers’ needs will always be our first priority and have been central to ABC’s rapid portfolio expansion and business diversification. Providing best-in-class products and services to support and drive the future of passenger ground transportation will always drive our core mission.”


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