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08-27-2010, 10:37 PM #1
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Jack Pitney, vice president of marketing for BMW of North America, was killed yesterday during an accident while driving a tractor during a vacation on his farm in New York.
BMW of North America President Jim O奪onnell said the company is still trying to deal with the loss of one of its brightest stars.
"All of us who knew Jack are still in shock and only beginning to realize how deeply we feel his loss," O'Donnell said. "He was not just a creative powerhouse but a genuinely nice man who was much loved by all of us. Our thoughts of course are with his wife, five children and other family members. He loved them tremendously and they were his first priority. They are in our prayers.
Pitney, 47, lived in Ridgewood with his wife, Quincy, and their five children, according to Tom Kowaleski, vice president of corporate communications for the Woodcliff Lake importer.
"He was working on his tractor on his farm," Kowaleski said.
Pitney died in the town of Durham, N.Y., in Greene County when a tractor he was riding on his property flipped over on him while he was trying to pull out a tree stump, according to a report in the Daily Freeman, a local newspaper serving the Hudson Valley.
County sheriff's deputies found Pitney underneath the tractor around 12:40 p.m.and pronounced him dead at the scene, the newspaper said. .
Pitney was a well-known and liked figure in the auto industry. A former manager of public relations for Mazda, Pitney moved from head of BMW public relations to launch the company's successful Mini lineup of British-made small cars.
As vice president of marketing at BMW, he launched new vehicles for the Bergen County importer such as the small 1-Series and X-model sport activity vehicles.
Pitney was named general manager of the Mini brand in 2001 at the age of 38. He and a small team of BMW managers convinced their superiors that the tiny car could be sold for a profit in the difficult U.S. market.
The move was a gamble for BMW, as it revived the Mini name as a fun British car that was popular in the 1960s. BMW put the Mini Cooper in a premium price class for such a small vehicle but allowed young buyers to accessorize it with various options. It became wildly popular and convinced other auto makers that they could sell small cars if they were fun to drive and had the features of larger cars.
Pitney was supposed to assume the position of vice president for the Eastern Region on Sept. 1, and be responsible for sales, marketing and dealer activities in the crucial New York metropolitan area.
He served as vice president and general manager of MINI from 2001 to 2005 as he launched the brand's reintroduction in this country. A popular film, "The Italian Job" featured Minis as getaway cars during a heist.
Pitney joined BMW in 1995 as head of corporate communications. He was a former vice president at Hill and Knowlton in Los Angeles, heading the Mazda account. He also worked as vice president at GCI Group/Los Angeles, overseeing the launch of Infiniti, Nissan痴 luxury car division.
He also worked for Ruder Finn Public Relations in New York, Hill Holliday Connors Cosmopulos Advertising, and Bauer & Rosner Marketing Communications.
Pitney started his career in the advertising department at a newspaper in Brooklyn.
Born in Stamford, Conn., he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Occidental College.B2920 TLB, turfs and loaded ags, thumb, 60 & 50" QA buckets, Kubota QA forks, toothbar, BX42 chipper, 60" front hydro blade and hitch, Herd M96 spreader, turf vent 48" 3pt aerator, Woods LRC 60" rake and Woods 48" estate BB, County Line 60" rear blade, rear spacers, pats easy change. Polaris 800 w/60" Blizzard plow & John Deere 717a ZTR
08-28-2010, 03:13 AM #2
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Wow that's tragic. I actually own an Infiniti and I want another Mini after selling my last one. I guess that's partly due to his work. Who knows what else he would have done that affected me. Terrible loss.
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