Earl J. Hesterberg joined Group 1 as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director in April 2005. Mr. Hesterberg had served as Group Vice President, North America Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford Motor Company since 2004. From July 1999 to September 2004, he served in a similar role as Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford of Europe. Mr. Hesterberg has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf States Toyota, as well as held various senior sales, marketing, general management, and parts and service positions with Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A. and Nissan Europe. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, a local non-profit organization dedicated to building regional economic prosperity.