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President & CEO

Req Number: 2TITL5
Location: Heathrow, FL
Posted: 9/8/2023
Category: Consumer : Consumer Products
Job Type: Permanent

POSITION SPECIFICATION

Position: President & CEO

Organization: AAA Inc.

Location: Heathrow, FL

Reporting Relationship: The President & CEO reports to the Board of Directors

Website AAA, Inc: https://www.aaa.com/AAA/common/AAAcareers/NationalOffice/

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

About AAA
The American Automobile Association (AAA) is a member-centric organization, founded in 1902 in response to the invention of the automobile. From its original mission of safer roads for the traveling motorist, AAA has always been about “people helping people.” Our organization’s guiding principle is to do what is right for the member at all times, continually improving quality and relevance. Our member-centric approach to business fosters credibility and deepens relationships with those whom we serve.

Unlike other national brands, AAA is not a monolithic corporation, but an association of 19 independently operated motor clubs across the United States sharing a commitment to delivering exceptional services to their members. As affiliates of this association, clubs are separate, autonomous entities (each with their own CEO and Board of Directors) licensed to use the AAA brand to serve members in local markets within their exclusive territories. In turn, clubs collaborate and partner with one another to achieve collective innovations, exchange best practices, and improve efficiencies. Local autonomy, combined with the scale of being part of a nationwide network, enables clubs to “think nationally, act locally” to provide unique and optimal benefits to members. AAA clubs are subject to various rules and regulations adopted by the AAA Board of Directors, and are subject to an accreditation program designed to ensure adherence to high standards for service quality.

AAA, Inc. (also known as AAA National Office) exists to support AAA clubs, inclusive of the association’s purpose as well as to support the development and execution of the Association Strategic Plan. AAA, Inc. is committed to protecting and strengthening the relevance of the AAA brand, striving for long-term success and stability – not short-term advantage. Among the many roles of AAA, Inc. are oversight of the association’s decision-making/governance structure, strategy development as well as the accreditation process.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
The President and CEO provides leadership and strategic direction for the American Automobile Association (AAA) in support of stated policies, goals and objectives established by the AAA Board of Directors. The CEO leads by influence and instills trust to build consensus among key stakeholders. They work closely with AAA Club CEOs (peers), Board members, and the Chair to ensure appropriate actions are taken to fulfill the mission of the Association and AAA, Inc. Serving as CEO of AAA, Inc., the national “center” of the association, this leader oversees all aspects of its operations. Additionally, they represent the association’s collective interests with national business partners and represent AAA’s international relations via the Global Mobility Alliance (GMA) and Federation de l’Automobile (FIA).

Specific responsibilities include:

• Roles and Responsibilities: Ensures clarity and appropriateness of roles and responsibilities between clubs, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and AAA, Inc. Drives the achievement of corporate objectives as defined on an annual basis. Leads AAA, Inc. partnership with clubs to accomplish the Association’s mission, vision, and strategic goals. Manages Association Committee process.
• Spokesperson: Serves as overall Association spokesperson regarding AAA’s role and mission and represents the organization to allied organizations, international affiliates (including CAA), business partners, and the community.
• Strategic Planning: Collaborates with clubs to develop a shared future vision of the Association. Develops long-term strategies; establishes objectives and plans that meet the needs of AAA club affiliates, employees, and other stakeholders; oversees consistent and timely progress toward strategic objectives; obtains and allocates resources consistent with strategic objectives.
• Financial Results: Responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization, the long-term funding plan for AAA, Inc., and for achieving operational and financial results consistent with established goals and objectives. The annual 2024 budget is approximately $225 million.
• Culture: Leads the culture of AAA, Inc. as a professional services organization that delivers unique value and best-in-class service to the Association. Promotes and fosters a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in accordance with AAA Basic Beliefs.
• Employee Experience: Creates a positive work environment for AAA, Inc. employees and promotes the organization’s mission, values, and business strategies. Ensures the development of effective recruitment, training, retention, and talent development programs that enable and motivate employees to strive for continual improvement.
• Board Relations: Works closely with the Board of Directors and communicates critical aspects of the business and operations of AAA. Facilitates the Board’s governance and committee structure. Implements Board policies and recommends policies for Board consideration.
• Leadership: Leads AAA, Inc. and sets a philosophy that is well understood, widely supported, consistently applied, and effectively implemented. Leads by influence, rather than explicit authority, to encourage collaboration and successful outcomes by AAA clubs. Fosters highly effective CEO-level relationships with AAA/CAA clubs, AAA affiliated entities and business partners.
• Direct Reports: Provides direct oversight, leadership, and 1:1 mentoring to nine executives at AAA, Inc. Provides indirect leadership to the senior leadership team. Overall AAA Inc. team consists of 475 professionals.
• Public Image: Guides the organization’s role within the community to maintain a positive public image with the membership as well as the businesses, institutions, and other entities that support the work of the association, especially as it relates to safe mobility.
• Affiliate Relations: Works as a member of the team, while leading and serving its members. As the leader of the national association, the CEO identifies and fosters synergy and inspires collaboration among AAA/clubs, as well as international affiliates to achieve overall business objectives.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The successful candidate will be an inspirational and collaborative leader who achieves business objectives through persuasion, relationships, and credibility. They will have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in executive-level management, with a minimum of five (5) years of progressive leadership experience, demonstrating an ability to balance visionary work with the tactical day-to-day management of an organization.

Additional qualifications include the following:
• Ability to instill trust, lead by influence, and build consensus among key stakeholders.
• Broad knowledge of organizational management; thorough knowledge of federation or association environments and the operations of Boards of Directors and committee structures.
• Specific knowledge in one or more AAA business lines: Automotive (preferred), Travel, Financial Services, Insurance, Advocacy, Traffic Safety, Public and Government Affairs.
• Demonstrated knowledge in both B2B and B2C environments; experience in a data-driven, customer-centric organization preferred. A successful track record for establishing and growing strategic commercial partnerships.
• Forward thinking; Proven success in developing short and long-range plans and objectives, including budgeting, financial implications, and organizational development.
• Good understanding of contractual commitments, industry groups, key customers, and regulatory agencies as they relate to association business.
• Excellent relationship builder with an ability to effectively balance diverse stakeholder interests. Astute interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to facilitate alignment across the organization. Strong ability to collaborate and influence externally.
• A champion and advocate for an organization, with the courage and empathy to address complex decisions.
• Experience building trusting, collaborative and transparent working relationships with a Board of Directors to advance an organization’s strategy.
• A commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices.
• Stellar reputation and unquestioned integrity and impeccable business and personal ethics -- accountability, ownership, and responsibility are inherent to this position.

EDUCATION
Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field from an accredited college or university is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.

COMPENSATION
A competitive compensation package will be provided to outstanding candidates.

KEY KORNFERRY CONTACTS

Lorraine Lavet
Senior Client Partner
(703) 919-6540
Lorraine.Lavet@kornferry.com

Caroline Nahas
Senior Client Partner
(310) 503-9588
Caroline.Nahas@kornferry.com

Kristi Hamilton
Senior Associate
(713) 907-1895
Kristi.Hamilton@kornferry.com

Emily Lynch
Senior Project Coordinator
(703) 498-7227
Emily.Reda@kornferry.com

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Korn Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.

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