Thomas M. Gartland is president, North America for Avis Budget Group, which includes the Company's U.S. and Canadian operations of the Avis, Budget, Payless and Zipcar brands. In this role, Mr. Gartland oversees all aspects of the Company's business within this region, with full P&L responsibility for the Company's North America and Truck Rental financial reporting segments.
Mr. Gartland's region is comprised of nearly 5,000 Avis, Budget, Budget Truck and Payless locations, of which approximately half are corporate-owned and operated, with the rest consisting of Avis, Budget or Payless franchisees or Budget Truck dealerships. Within North America, Avis and Budget combine to be a leader in airport rentals, while Zipcar is the global leader within the fast-growing car-sharing industry.
As President of North America, Mr. Gartland is responsible for the daily management of approximately 20,000 employees and more than 350,000 vehicles which account for more than 90 million rental days* and more than $5 billion in annual revenue in 2013.
Mr. Gartland previously held the position of executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer care where he oversaw the development of all revenue-generating activities and senior level customer interactions for the company, including responsibility for the marketing, domestic and international sales (commercial, insurance replacement, truck, global travel and partnerships), as well as small business and contact center functions of Avis Budget Group. Mr. Gartland has more than 28 years of sales and leadership experience. Prior to Avis Budget Group, he worked for 14 years with JohnsonDiversey, Inc. based in Racine, Wisconsin. As president of Johnson's North American region, he led businesses that generated $1 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Gartland also served as vice president and director of national accounts with Ecolab, Inc., where he worked for 14 years. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.