Avis Budget Announces New CEO

Larry De Shon was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Car Rental Show.
Larry De Shon was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Car Rental Show.

Avis Budget Group Inc.'s Board of Directors has selected Larry D. De Shon as the company's next chief executive officer, succeeding Ronald L. Nelson, who has held the position since 2006.

De Shon, the company's president, International, will become president and CEO effective Oct. 1, 2015 and will assume the role of CEO on Jan. 1, 2016. He has also been appointed to the Board, effective Oct. 1, according to the company.

Nelson, who became chairman of the board of Avis Budget Group in 2006, will continue as executive chairman.

De Shon joined Avis Budget in 2006 and has previously overseen Avis Budget's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and U.S. operations. Prior to joining Avis Budget, he had a 28-year career at United Airlines.

"The opportunity to lead Avis Budget Group is a tremendous honor,” said De Shon. “I look forward to continue working with David and the entire senior leadership team to engage our exceptional employees and produce results for all stakeholders."

Avis Budget’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, David B. Wyshner, will become the company's president, effective Jan. 1, 2016. In his new role, Wyshner will assume global responsibility for the company's strategy, licensing and integration of the demand/fleet/pricing system — in addition to his current responsibilities as chief financial officer, according to the company.

"Larry and David have an extremely strong track record of producing results and are eminently qualified for their new positions,” said Nelson. “We have worked diligently with the Board over the past several years to successfully develop and prepare them for their new roles. … ”


  1. AOs Unite [ September 16, 2015 @ 03:09PM ]

    Good!! Hopefully he revamps the Agency Operator program because it's a disaster. Lots of unhappy Operators, under paid, overworked, unappreciated, no control over their so called businesses, and also being buffaloed by upper management to be quiet and do as they say or be terminated for no reason. Look at all the lawsuits against you from operators and more to come....there's a huge problem there that needs to be addressed asap! Start listening to them they know the business and customers far better than those corporate!

  2. CR [ September 17, 2015 @ 07:12AM ]

    I agree with AOs Unite. I was an Avis "Owner/Operator" and they are defiantly over worked and under paid! Plus the local management have no idea what it is like to run a business. We were told to market market market but when we got a large account we were not supported!

  3. ERAC LOVER [ September 19, 2015 @ 11:58AM ]

    Rent from ERAC. Much better company!

  4. GoBlue [ September 19, 2015 @ 12:29PM ]

    Larry DeShon will not be any more inclined to help AO's than his predecessor, but you'll pay more for the privilege.
    Don't rent from ERAC, AVIS or Hertz - Choose an independent and support real people and their community's.

  5. Robert Brandt [ September 19, 2015 @ 02:20PM ]

    abg are full of incompetent middle managers that has a lot of egos and should not be in a position of authority

  6. Robert Brandt [ September 19, 2015 @ 02:22PM ]

    Either rent from Enterprise, Hertz or Independents.

  7. Jan [ September 20, 2015 @ 05:21AM ]

    Larry is a shit man without respect for people

  8. Erick [ September 20, 2015 @ 05:24AM ]

    Avis Budget are ridiculous as Larry De Shon

  9. Erick [ September 20, 2015 @ 05:25AM ]

    Avis & Budget are ridiculous as Larry De Shon

  10. CarGuy [ September 20, 2015 @ 12:16PM ]

    I'm happy to see that independent non franchise owner/operators are not the only businesses over worked and under paid.

  11. John Hays [ September 20, 2015 @ 03:41PM ]

    avis budget system of independent operators are the biggest farce there is. Those fools ( so called managers) lets those operators think they're in business for themselves but those fools can turn on those operators and terminate them as long as these fools give three months notice. Avis budget is the biggest scam there is.

  12. Ed [ September 28, 2015 @ 05:50PM ]

    Agency operator here as well as Budget truck dealer. Tampa Florida Zone. I have never had any problems with corporate not supporting me. They supply the office and the technology and the vehicles. Yes you have to be motivated to succeed as well as follow corporate policy. Our tpm and district mgr and distrubition center are very supportive to agency operators at least in our zone. They have to be because with out them they would have no local market presence

  13. BR [ August 25, 2016 @ 02:24PM ]

    Fantastic. Where can I write Mr. de Shon a congratulatory letter?

  14. alafiyah burhani [ November 8, 2016 @ 09:47AM ]

    Crap is the only word I get in my mind,agency operators are worst than underpaid laborors,all dominated by district managers and TPM's.They are robots who are controlled by remotes.They have no say in anything whatsoever,all managers are a bunch of dacoits who will terminate an operator for no reason and keep watching the wrong being done by their favorite operators.Best example...Jim Bell and Cheryl Fairley at Houston and Mike at Austin location.Biggest cheats,racists and discriminative managers

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