APU Solutions, a web-software developer for the auto-insurance, collision-repair and alternative-part industries, named former Safelite Auto Glass CEO Dan Wilson as chairman of the board.
“Dan’s a winner who led the No. 1 vehicle-glass repair and replacement business in the U.S., and now he’s set on taking APU to the next level,” said Charles Lukens, CEO of APU. “Few collision-repair people understand the interrelationship between insurers, repairers, and suppliers like Dan Wilson.”
In 2003, Wilson was named Safelite president and CEO, and in 2007 he oversaw its sale to European multinational Belron. Prior to Safelite, Wilson was president of Western Auto-Parts America and held executive positions at Wal-Mart.
In addition, APU added Marty Boos to its seven-member board. From 2008 to 2011, Boos served as chief information officer of MarketLive, an eCommerce platform for midsized retailers. Prior to MarketLive, Boos was VP of NOC Operations and IT for Motorola; CIO of smartphone operating system maker Good Technology; and CIO of Digital River, a pioneering eCommerce platform.
Since 1999, APU Solutions has built patented, web-based applications to assist the collision repair process. Today, APU says its PartsNetwork is used by six of the top 10 insurers for actionable, real-time repair information that reduces call-handling costs, decreases repair shop cycle times and enhances policyholder satisfaction and retention.
The industry’s only real-time application, PartsNetwork, leads the part-procurement space in speed, efficiency and 97 percent accuracy. Thousands of adjusters and repairers use it to source, price, and procure parts, requesting 48 million part quotes in 2010 alone.