Wheels, Inc., specializing in the multi-billion-dollar fleet-leasing industry, on Dec. 10 announced the appointment of Larry Buettner as its chief information officer. Wheels is one of the nation's largest privately owned companies, leasing fleet vehicles to Fortune 1,000 companies. Jim Frank, Wheels' president and CEO, said Buettner will build on the company's successful e-commerce initiatives, as well as focus on the pursuit of highly customer-focused and efficient systems solutions. "We believe Larry's extensive business experience and acumen, management experience, background in quality and zero-defects requirements in banking represent a perfect fit for Wheels," Frank said. Prior to joining Wheels, Buettner served as President of Anexsys, a systems integration and payments company. He has been widely recognized for his accomplishments, serving on industry boards and testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives as an expert witness. A recipient of numerous awards, Buettner has been named CIO of the Year by the Data Processing Management Association. Buettner earned bachelor's and master's degrees from St. John's University. He grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and has lived in the Chicago area since 1980. He currently resides with his family in Long Grove, Ill. About Wheels, Inc. Wheels, Inc., which pioneered the concept of auto leasing in 1939, provides specialized services to help corporations manage their vehicle fleets. Wheels has 550 employees, leases more than 195,000 vehicles and manages more than 240,000 vehicles. Wheels' holding company, Frank Consolidated Enterprises, currently ranks as one of the largest private companies in the United States, with nearly $2 billion in annual sales. For more information, visit www.wheels.com.