Mr Abela will be based at Webb Dock, Victoria, and report directly to Andrew Simpson, group chief operating officer, Australia.
Mr Simpson said: “Mr Abela joins us from Coles Online where he was head of customer delivery and where he held senior executive roles since 2013. Simon has led Coles Online business growth and brings to Autocare extensive experience in leadership, strategy, ecommerce, procurement, supply chain, transport, operations, contract management and customer service excellence.”
In addition, Natalie Ward has been made general manager of processing at Autocare Services. Ms Ward reports to Simon Abela and is also based at Webb Dock.
Ms Ward previously worked at logistics and bulk materials handling company Bis Industries in South Australia from 2012, where she was regional manager. Previously she was the senior operations engineer at One Steel.
Mr Simpson said that Ms Ward “brings to the role extensive experience in people leadership, workforce development, safety leadership, continuous improvement, manufacturing process, cultural change, business development and growth”.
Ms Ward has completed an MBA and Bachelor of Engineering.