Pamela Nicholson

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Pamela M. Nicholson
Alma mater University of Missouri
Occupation President & CEO at
Enterprise Holdings (2008-)
Predecessor Andrew C. Taylor

Pamela M. Nicholson is a U.S. businesswoman. She is President and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Holdings. In 2007 she was also inducted in the Fortune Top 50 Most Powerful Women list as number 44.[1] In 2009, Forbes included her among their 100 Most Powerful Women at number 89.[2]

Career with Enterprise[edit]

Nicholson began her career at Enterprise Rent A Car in 1981 as a Management Trainee in St. Louis.[3] In 9 months she was promoted to an Assistant Manager Position. Inside of one year, she moved to the rapidly growing Southern California group. Once there, she promoted herself through the company to the top tier position of Regional Vice President of the Southern California Group in 12 years. During her work there the group grew 26,000 cars and continues to be one of the company's largest groups[citation needed].

In 1994, Nicholson was promoted to Corporate Vice President in St. Louis and was given 10 groups to oversee.[4] While there, she was considered instrumental[citation needed] in establishing the National Preferred Provider Rental Agreements between Enterprise Rent A Car and many of the auto manufacturers. In 1997, she moved back into rental as the General Manager of the New York group. She spent two years there increasing fleet growth and doubling profitability[citation needed]. Nicholson then was promoted to Senior Vice President of North American Operations in 1999. In 2003, she became Chief Operating Officer and President in 2008.

On June 4, 2013 it was announced that she would assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Nicholson is not only the first female CEO in the company's history, but also the first that is not a member of the Taylor family of St. Louis. Her predecessor, Andrew "Andy" Taylor, son of founder Jack Taylor, will continue to stay involved with company activities as Executive Chairman.