Pettigrew Named Pres., CEO of Caliber Collision Centers

Caliber Collision Centers, an Irvine, Calif.-based operator of collision repair facilities in California and Texas, appointed Dan Pettigrew its president and chief executive officer.

As president and CEO, Pettigrew will assume leadership responsibility for Caliber’s strategy and operations in California, Texas, and in other new markets as the company expands, according to the company’s announcement.

“With extensive knowledge of Caliber’s business model and success managing Caliber’s operations, Dan is uniquely qualified to lead Caliber into the future,” said Matthew Ohrnstein, who will assist with the transition and hereafter remain as chairman of the company. “Dan has had a terrific track record at Caliber, managing our rapidly-growing, multi-unit operation. Dan’s strong strategic planning and execution skills, leadership capabilities, insight and passion made Dan the logical and optimal candidate for Caliber’s CEO position.”

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead Caliber during this challenging, but exciting time in the industry,” Pettigrew said. “I plan to continue executing on our current strategy to build the strongest operating team and results-based organization in the industry. I look forward to collaborating with Matthew and the Board to further our long term opportunities for growth.”

Pettigrew began his career with Caliber Collision Centers in 1997, shortly after the launch of the company’s start-up and commencement of its acquisition program. Over the course of the last seven years, he has made significant contributions to Caliber’s growth and success culminating in his 2003 promotion to executive vice president of Operations. As EVP, he was responsible for leading Caliber’s operations with 68 collision repair centers in California and Texas, as well as client services and support services including vendor relations and facilities management.

Some of Pettigrew’s past contributions have included the design and implementation of Caliber’s key field-level standard operating procedures, acquisition integration and information technology strategy and the design and implementation of the industry’s first call center based central dispatch program.