ABRA Auto Body & Glass Adds to Executive Leadership Team

Minneapolis-based Abra Auto Body & Glass has added executives to leadership roles as the company expands rapidly throughout the company.

According to the company, these executives will “continue the growth momentum.” There are now 337 Abra locations in 24 states with more than 5,000 employees—up from just 113 locations in 2012.

“Adding repair centers quickly while preserving superior quality and customer satisfaction is no easy feat,” says president and CEO Duane Rouse. These incredible leaders have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to delivering exceptional results and are a perfect complement to our existing leadership team.”

The new hires include:

  • Barbara Ducat as senior vice president of acquisition integrations;

Ducat will lead teams to work across the company’s functional area to create and deploy plans to integrate acquired business entities. Ducat earned her B.B.A. in accounting from Iowa State University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, with majors in finance, strategy and entrepreneurial studies.

  • David Kuhl as chief people officer;

In this newly-created role, Kuhl will lead ABRA’s human resources function including employee development and talent acquisition. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Tony Pellegrin as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development; and

Pellegrin will also fill a newly-created position. He will be responsible for leading the development and execution of ABRA’s overall corporate strategy, driving the strategic planning process and helping execute and evaluate acquisitions and the development of new repair centers. Pellegrin earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and holds a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Chris Pudenz as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Pudenz comes after recently receiving the 2015 CFO of the Year award in the large private equity category by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. His background includes experience in investment banking, public accounting at Price Waterhouse, and multiple senior financial leadership roles at ConAgra Foods. He earned his B.S.B.A. from Creighton University.

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