In her new position, Nicholson is a corporate officer and the highest ranking woman, not only at Enterprise Holdings, but in the entire $20-billion U.S. car rental industry. She is also the highest ranking woman among the world's largest travel companies and, based on company revenue, ranks among the top 20 female CEOs across all industries. She leads the company's extensive network of 8,200 neighborhood and airport locations worldwide - with 6,000 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population and almost twice as many locations as Enterprise Holdings' nearest competitor. She also oversees Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Rideshare vanpooling, Enterprise Car Sales and Enterprise Commercial Trucks, as well as Enterprise Fleet Management, an affiliate of Enterprise Holdings owned by the Taylor family. For the past six years, Nicholson has been named to FORTUNE's "Most Powerful Women in Business" list.
"This is a company that has had only two CEOs in the past 56 years, our founder, Jack Taylor, and Andy," Nicholson said. "To follow in that line is a terrific honor."
"I know that Andy plans to be a very hands-on Executive Chairman, and I look forward to working with him and our team to ensure that the company stays focused on the things that have made us the industry leader - taking excellent care of our customers, providing a great workplace and great opportunities for our people, staying disciplined and farsighted in our financial management and keeping our commitments to the communities we serve," Nicholson continued.
Nicholson began her career with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1981 as a Management Trainee in St. Louis after graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Over the next 12 years, she was promoted through the ranks to Regional Vice President in Southern California. During that period, the Southern California group grew from 1,000 to more than 27,000 cars in its fleet, and is today the company's largest operating group.
In 1994, Nicholson returned to her hometown of St. Louis to become a Corporate Vice President at Enterprise Holdings' worldwide headquarters, overseeing the efforts of 10 operating groups located throughout the United States. Three years later, she was promoted to the top job with the New York Enterprise Rent-A-Car group, the company's second largest operating group. During her two years as New York's General Manager, the group enjoyed excellent fleet growth and saw its profitability more than double. She was promoted back to St. Louis as Senior Vice President-North American Operations in 1999, was named Chief Operating Officer in 2003, and then President in 2008.
Nicholson currently serves on the corporate boards of Energizer Holdings, Inc., and Enterprise Holdings, and is former chairman of the Humane Society of Missouri board of directors. She also is a generous supporter of a number of social causes in the St. Louis area, including the United Way. In addition, Nicholson's past service includes serving on the board of the United Way of Bergen County, New Jersey, and on the board of INROADS of St. Louis, an employment program for minority college students.
About Enterprise Holdings
Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution. Combined, these businesses -- which include extensive car rental and car-sharing services, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales -- accounted for $15.4 billion in revenue and operated 1.3 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal 2012. Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. The company also operates largest fleet of vehicles in the world through a global network of more than 8,200 airport and neighborhood locations.
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