(LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20, 2007) – The Automobile Club of Southern California has announced that Robert T. Bouttier, currently Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. Thomas V. McKernan will continue in his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Auto Club and Bouttier continues to report to him.
The Auto Club's operations have grown significantly over the past several years. There have been many new services added and significant investments have been made in expanding and upgrading service delivery. The Auto Club has expanded into several other states and, together with its affiliates, now has nearly 10 million members.
Bouttier, a 32-year veteran of the Auto Club, will oversee the daily operations of the largest AAA-affiliated motor club in the country. McKernan, who has been the Club's Chief Executive Officer for 16 years, will continue in that role and will devote even more attention to long-range strategy and the successful integration with AAA clubs in other states.
"The Club has been so successful and grown so much that it is ever more important that daily operations as well as future strategy have full-time focus," McKernan said in making the announcement.
Starting with the Auto Club as an insurance claims representative, Bouttier has held increasingly responsible positions in sales, office management and marketing. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2005, and prior to that promotion, he was senior vice president of marketing and member services. He also served as marketing director for five years. He developed and implemented product and brand management strategies, and directed the Auto Club's expansion of insurance, travel, automotive and financial services to better meet member needs.
Bouttier serves on the board of the Los Angeles Sports Council and also is a director of AAA Life Insurance Company. He has a bachelor's degree in business from California State University, San Bernardino.
The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest member of the AAA federation of motor clubs, has been serving Southern California since 1900. Today, the Auto Club's members benefit by roadside assistance, insurance products and services, travel agency, financial products, automotive pricing and buying programs, automotive testing and analysis, trip planning services and highway and transportation safety programs. Information about these products and services is available on the Auto Club's Web site at www.AAA.com.