Gary Rappeport
Biography
Gary RappeportRetired CEODonlen Corporation

Gary Rappeport retired from the role of CEO of Donlen at the end of 2012. Gary Rappeport took the leadership role at Donlen as CEO in 1997 after more than ten years in various roles throughout the organization. Under Gary’s guidance, Donlen experienced exponential growth, making Donlen the fastest growing fleet management company over the last five years. He has built a culture focused on employee engagement and customer satisfaction, ensuring Donlen’s continued success. In 2011, Gary led the initiative to become a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation, positioning Donlen as the fleet management industry’s market leader for mobility solutions.

Mr. Rappeport's focus on employee satisfaction, customer retention, and overall corporate culture has led to numerous awards for Donlen, including his being named the 2009 Executive of the Year by the American Business Association (ABA) Awards. In December 2007, Mr. Rappeportwas the focus of a Smart Business Chicago Magazine feature for his innovative approach to corporate culture.

Other notable achievements during his tenure include:

  • 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate for Fleets for Change®
  • InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America, 2012
  • Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association of Business Resources, each year from 2007-2012
  • Business Intelligence Solution for DriverPoint™ from American Business Awards, 2012
  • List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business, each year from 2009-2011
  • Corporate Environmental Program of the Year for Fleets for Change® from American Business Awards, 2011
  • Top 100 Global Outsourcing Leader by International Association of Outsourcing Professional, for six of the last seven years
  • Automotive Fleet Hall of Fame inductee, 2011, and named as a fleet industry Sustainability All-Star, 2011, for his numerous initiatives to reduce emissions from the commercial fleet industry including GreenDriver® and Fleets for Change®, and partnerships with Environmental Defense Fund, EPA Smartway, and Sierra Club

Mr. Rappeport is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the World Presidents Organization, and serves as chairman of the American Automotive Leasing Association. Gary is on the Dean's Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin Business School. He is an active member of The Sierra Club. Gary holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.