WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — Thom Peebles has been named vice president of marketing at ABC Companies.

Thom Peebles

Ashley Cornell, who has served as marketing lead for the past three years, will transition to a new role as vice president of strategic accounts, where she will focus on supporting existing accounts and developing new employee-shuttle programs throughout the fast-growing northern California market.

Peebles joined ABC from JCB, a UK-based manufacturer of construction and agricultural heavy equipment, where he served as vice president of marketing, North America.

For more than 20 years, he has served in various marketing leadership roles, including director of brand management for Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., and director of business development and brand marketing director at Michelin North America.


Ashley Cornell

Peebles, who has experience in data-driven marketing, loyalty strategy, digital advertising and branded customer experience, will oversee all aspects of ABC Companies’ brand marketing and digital and media communications.

“I look forward to working with the entire ABC team and our valued customers utilizing my experience to better meet evolving customer needs, and continue to build on our brand as a recognized innovator and leader marketwide,” Peebles said.


ST.CLOUD, Minn. – New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC announced a series of transit bus leadership changes:

  • Kevin Wood, senior vice president for manufacturing and facilities, is retiring from New Flyer, effective July 2.
  • Margaret Lewis, senior vice president for quality assurance and continuous improvement, will assume Wood’s role.
  • Jennifer McNeill becomes vice president, sales and marketing, directing the strategic sales and marketing functions to support the transit bus business and long-term strategies.

For more than nine years, Wood led the transformation of manufacturing operations and facilities through Operational Excellence. He oversaw the introduction of Xcelsior® bus manufacturing in 2010 and the subsequent delivery of its 10,000th bus in May. He also led the development, construction and expansion of multiple manufacturing and fabrication facilities across the continent.







Kevin Wood                     Margaret Lewis                        Jennifer McNeill

Wood will support the organization during the transition, serving as business advisor to assist parent company NFI Group on operational and strategic matters.

Lewis has been with New Flyer for nine years, focusing on quality systems implementation and continuous improvement efforts. She joined with more than 15 years of automotive industry executive leadership experience in the U.S. and India.

McNeill has been with New Flyer for six years, assuming progressive leadership roles in sales and business development. She has more than 20 years of experience leading teams, including her most recent role of vice president, sales and business development, with New Flyer, as well as various senior leadership roles in the aerospace industry.

She replaces Paul Smith, who retired earlier this year as executive vice president of sales and marketing.

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