CIECA has selected Paul Barry for the role of Executive Director. Barry will work with CIECA’s board of trustees to develop a clear mission and objectives for the organisation and an effective strategy to accomplish them.
“With the rapid changes to vehicles driven by technology, including autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, the landscape is evolving very quickly,” said Barry. “My goal as Executive Director is to help the board identify challenges faced by the industry and work with all segments of CIECA’s member companies to develop a strategic roadmap to take us to the next chapter.”
CIECA said Barry has over 30 years of experience in the insurance and technology industries. Over the last 20 years, he has held executive and senior leadership positions with a focus on claims and automotive repair technology.
“We are excited to welcome Paul Barry to the CIECA team,” said Kim DeVallance Caron, CIECA Chairwoman and Director of Global Product Development, Enterprise Holdings. “His years of industry experience, combined with his prior involvement with CIECA, will be instrumental in taking the organisation into the future.
“On behalf of CIECA’s board of directors and members, we want to show our appreciation to Ed Weidmann, who has acted as CIECA’s Interim Director over the last year. Ed played an essential role in helping the organisation continue its mission to develop and promote electronic standards that allow the collision industry to be more efficient.”
Barry has worked with CIECA in different roles for many years. From 2011-2013, he served on the executive committee as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chairman and has also attended committee meetings as a company representative and/or board member.
“CIECA has come a long way in recent years with the development of the BMS [Business Message Suite],” said Barry. “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with a lot of great companies and people at a time when the industry is going through major changes and look forward to meeting with industry leaders in the coming weeks and months.”