Can Cadillac’s lost prominence be restored?

In this opinion piece, Maryann Keller, principal of MK&A, lists the actions that led to the departure of Cadillac’s former brand chief, Johan de Nysschen. In her post, Maryann states, “it was easy to predict that De Nysschen’s efforts would result in failure, he focused his attention on three disproven myths for building luxury car brands.”

Maryann’s post can be read at the below link:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/can-cadillacs-lost-prominence-restored-maryann-keller/

*Photo caption: In the Cadillac House, a ‘crashed Cadillac’ is exhibited in temporary retail space provided by Cadillac to up-and-coming fashion designers.

Bloomberg: Singer’s Elliott Presses Hyundai for Richer Deal, Dividends

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Maryann Keller, principal of MK&A, was quoted by Bloomberg on Elliott Management’s $1 billion investment in Hyundai. Maryann states, “Korean companies focus on what’s best for the business, and that’s not always what’s best for shareholders,” she said. “Just like in Japan, there’s been very little success in changing the behavior of Korean companies to mold them into the American model.”

This article can be read at the below link:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-23/singer-s-elliott-steps-up-pressure-on-hyundai-motor-group

*Photo Credit: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

RVI Group Launches Analytics Division and Strategic Partnership with Maryann Keller

RVI Group announces its strategic partnership with Maryann Keller & Associates (MK&A) to provide analytical services for capital markets firms with automotive-related investments. The new services will be offered by RVI Analytics, a division of RVI Group.

STAMFORD, Conn., April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Global automobile residual value forecaster and insurance leader, RVI Group, is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with MK&A, a Stamford, CT based global automotive strategy consultancy. Maryann Keller, principal of MK&A, is a highly respected and well-known analyst, and a former/current director of several publicly traded automotive companies. MK&A is partnering with RVI to develop subscription-based analytics for capital markets firms with automotive-related investments. The new services will be offered by Stamford-based RVI Analytics, a division of RVI Group.

The privately held RVI Group provides the automotive industry with residual value insurance products and analytical services. The new subscription offerings will build upon RVI’s core analytical product, the RVI Used Vehicle Price Index, used to insure billions in residual values for passenger vehicles, and expand the analyses and report types available for subscribers. Subscriptions will be launched in July of 2018.
Leading the sales efforts for RVI Analytics is recent hire, Joe Halovanic. Joe brings to RVI a wealth of relevant auto residual risk management experiences, having worked for banks and captive finance arms of auto manufacturers, including Toyota Financial, Ally and U.S. Bank.
“This is an exciting time for RVI,” said Rene Abdalah, Senior Vice President of RVI’s Passenger Vehicle Group. “Further developing our analytics and creating subscription products in partnership with MK&A will expand our reach and enhance our client services. We are delighted that Joe has joined our team – our capability is strong and our value proposition unique.”

About RVI Group:
RVI Group is the world’s leading provider of residual value insurance. For over 28 years, RVI’s solutions have brought financial, regulatory and accounting benefits to clients who are active worldwide in leasing, asset-based finance, and asset securitization. For more information, please visit www.rvigroup.com.

About MK&A:
MK&A is a U.S.-based automotive consultancy founded by Maryann Keller, current Principal of MK&A and one of the automotive industry’s most respected and well-known analysts. MK&A provides automotive-related advisory services to investors, companies, and professional firms. For more information, please visit www.maryannkeller.com.

SOURCE RVI Group

Bloomberg: Elliott’s $1 Billion Hyundai Stake Adds to Korea Inc. Battle

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Maryann Keller, principal of MK&A, was quoted by Bloomberg on Elliott Management’s $1 billion investment in Hyundai. Maryann states, “It’s very hard to apply the same tactics that activist investors do in the U.S.,” Keller said. “How will they get a majority of shareholders to go along?”

This article can be read at the below link:
https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/2018/04/03/elliott-takes-on-korea-inc-again-with-1-billion-hyundai-stake

 

*Photo Credit: JUNG YEON-JE/Getty Images

Bloomberg: Fiat Chrysler out-selling Ford in stores shows scope of SUV boom

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Maryann Keller, principal of MK&A, was quoted by Bloomberg on Fiat Chrysler’s March sales figures. Maryann states, Marchionne looks like the smartest guy in the industry right now,” Maryann Keller, a longtime auto industry analyst and consultant in Stamford, Conn., said by phone. “Why beat yourself over the head selling cars no one wants?”

This article can be read at the below link:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-03/jeep-sales-surge-as-fiat-chrysler-s-deliveries-trounce-estimates