NAPA, CA – Napa-based AUL Corp., a national provider of used-car service contracts, announced the hiring of Jimmy Atkinson as chief operating officer and senior vice president. Atkinson had been serving as senior vice president of Assurant Solutions, Vehicle Service Contract Business Division, in Atlanta.

In announcing the appointment, Luis Nieves, president and CEO of AUL Corp., said: "We were determined to introduce someone to the Company with a strong history of excellence in leadership, but also with down-to-earth qualities and communication skills. Jimmy fits that bill perfectly. He'll be a great asset to all of our employees, and a key to raising the next generation of leadership."

Upon accepting the appointment, Atkinson said: "AUL has a pristine reputation. The Company is the leader in its field, due in large part to its solid infrastructure. I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the team. I'm committed to contributing to the growth of a great company."

Prior to joining AUL, Atkinson spent seven years at Assurant, where he completed tours of duty as director of training, director of sales, and senior vice president of the vehicle service contract business division. Before joining Assurant, Atkinson held a number of retail auto positions, and developed a sterling reputation as one of the top sales and management trainers in the auto industry.