Mark VII Names New CEO

Succeeding Jeffs, who is retiring; promotes Beaty, Leclercq

Chris Anderson Mark VII car wash (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)

Chris Anderson

ARVADA, Colo. -- Mark VII Equipment Inc., the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, a major global manufacturer of vehicle cleaning systems, has named Chris Andersen as its new CEO.

Following a transition period, Andersen will replace the retiring CEO, Steve Jeffs, who has been in leadership positions within the WashTec group for the last 10 years.

Andersen's background includes 10 years in various senior-level positions in sales, marketing and management with Hilti, a Liechtenstein-based provider of products, systems and services to the global construction industry.

Jeffs joined Mark VII as vice president of sales in 2007, coming from WashTec's UK subsidiary where he spent three years as managing director. He became CEO of Mark VII in 2011, and after guiding Mark VII for three years, has decided to retire at the end 2014.

Arvada, Colo.-based Mark VII also promoted Ryan Beaty to the position of executive vice president of sales and service and Pierre-Yves Leclercq to the position of executive vice president of operations.

Beaty joined Mark VII in 2005 and has been vice president of direct sales since 2012.

Leclercq joined WashTec France in 2002 and became operations director for WashTec-Mark VII's Canada subsidiary in 2012.

"Chris will be a great asset to Mark VII," said Jeffs. "Under his leadership, and with the support of the Mark VII team, I'm confident North America will play an important role in WashTec's growth strategy."