Leadership Team

GM Financial's Canadian management team has extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of the Canadian auto finance industry. Read more about their experience here. You may also learn more about GM Financial's Corporate Executive Team, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.


Howard Cobham

Howard Cobham

Senior Vice President

HOWARD COBHAM has been Senior Vice President, Canadian Dealer Services since October of 2010. With over 20 years of experience in Canadian auto financing and indirect lending, the majority of his experience has been with retail leasing for large indirect lessors supporting multiple OEMs with subvented offerings. Prior to re-joining the company, Mr. Cobham lead AmeriCredit nonprime lending in Canada from 2005 to 2008 and was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FinanciaLinx Corporation from 1999 to 2005.

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Carolyn Hansen

Carolyn Hansen

Vice President of Risk Management

CAROLYN HANSEN is the Vice President of Risk Management, Canadian Dealer Services. She has contributed significantly to all facets of the business since joining the organization in 2002, back when it was Financialinx. Carolyn served as a Credit Analyst, Team Leader for Collections, Supervisor for Recoveries and most recently as Assistant Vice President of Collections, Recoveries and Insurance. Carolyn holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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Robert Coulman

Robert Coulman

Vice President of Finance

ROBERT COULMAN has been Vice President of Finance, Canadian Dealer Services since 2003. Prior to joining the company, he served as Vice President of Financial Reporting at CIT for 10 Years including a period as Corporate Controller of New Court Credit Group. Mr. Coulman has 25 years in various financial management roles in the automotive and equipment finance industry with experience in all financial functions including planning and budgeting, securitization, reporting, cash management and tax. He is a Chartered Accountant.

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Ronald Gass

Ronald Gass

Vice President of Credit & Funding

RONALD GASS was Vice President of Operations Support, Canadian Dealer Services from June 2011 to January 2015 when he assumed the role of Vice president Credit and Funding which he currently holds. Previously, he was a Director for D+H providing expertise in the automotive technology lending space. Mr. Gass served as Senior Operations Manager at GE Commercial Finance Canada, responsible for special loans and small ticket inventory finance products including managing receivable and asset-based lending products. He also worked as Vice President of Credit and Operations at AmeriCredit in Canada from 2005 to 2008. He is an experienced risk and operations manager in retail prime and non-prime lending, leasing and floorplan products. Mr. Gass has nearly 40 years of experience in the Canadian auto financing industry.

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Diana Geary

Diana Geary

Vice President of Operations Support

DIANA GEARY became Vice President of Operations Support in 2016. Previously, she served as Assistant Vice President in the same department and as Assistant Vice President of Lease Administration. She has also held several roles in IT in her 15 years with FinanciaLinx and GM Financial. Geary has more than 20 years experience in the automotive lending industry, in roles ranging from client services and End of Lease processing to dealer-facing account management and project management.

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Greg Murchison

Greg Murchison

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

GREG MURCHISON joined the GM Financial team as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in February of 2013. With almost 30 years of experience in the automotive finance industry, Greg has extensive history managing relationships with OEMs and managing Sales teams across Canada. Most recently, Mr. Murchison worked as Associate Vice President, Product, at TD Auto Finance. While there he led and built their auto finance team for many years. Previous to TD, Greg worked for GMAC, the former captive auto finance lender for General Motors.

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John Paonessa

John Paonessa

Vice President of Remarketing Solutions

JOHN PAONESSA has been Vice President of Remarketing Solutions, Dealer Services Canada since 2015. Previously, he served as Director and Assistant Vice-President of Remarketing for 11 years. Mr. Paonessa has more than 22 years of auto finance experience and has worked in several facets of automotive finance while lending his knowledge to a variety of industry committees.

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Craig Stickney

Craig Stickney

Vice President of Programs & Customer Management

CRAIG STICKNEY has been Vice President of Programs and Customer Management Canadian Dealer Services since 2013. Prior to that he served as Assistant Vice President in the same role. Before joining GM Financial, Mr. Stickney was Director of Sales and Marketing at FinanciaLinx Corporation. He has 18 years of progressive management experience in the automotive industry encompassing retail dealership management and leadership roles in credit, sales and marketing.

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Vincent Woffenden

Vincent Woffenden

Vice President of Commercial Lending Services

VINCENT WOFFENDEN has been Vice President of Commercial Lending Services, Canadian Dealer Services since 2012. Prior to joining GM Financial, Mr. Woffenden worked at the Bank of Montreal, as a director and account manager. Previously to the Bank of Montreal, he spent more than eleven years at Chrysler Financial, where he held numerous positions, with his last being Dealer Credit Manager. His 15 years of experience in automotive finance encompasses both the retail and wholesale sides of the business.

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