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James P. Hallett CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Jim Hallett is chief executive officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As chief executive officer and Chairman, Hallett leads the strategic planning for the entire organization, which includes leading KAR Auction Services’ executive management team. Hallett also oversees the development and implementation of the organization’s objectives and identifies synergies across business units to optimize future growth.

Hallett joined the company in 1993 as president of ADESA Canada. In 1996, he relocated from his native Canada to Indianapolis to serve as president and CEO of ADESA. During his time as CEO, ADESA grew from 16 to 53 whole-car auctions and expanded its financing company, Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), to fully service the industry. He also solidified ADESA’s presence in the remarketing industry by entering the salvage vehicle market in both the United States and Canada.

From 2005 to 2007, Hallett was president of Columbus Fair Auto Auction in Columbus, Ohio. In April 2007, he returned to ADESA in the role of president and CEO. In September 2009, he was promoted to his current role as CEO and director of KAR Auction Services.

Hallett entered the retail automotive business in 1975 and later owned and managed a number of new car franchises. In 1990, he opened two automobile auctions: Ottawa Dealers Exchange and The Greater Halifax Dealer Exchange.

A graduate of Canada’s Algonquin College, Hallett holds a Dealer Management Certification from General Motors University. He has received several industry awards, including the Ring of Honor from the National Independent Dealers Association. In 2008, he was recognized as Remarketer of the Year at the Conference of Automotive Remarketing, and then received the Pioneer Award at the National Auto Auction Association Conference in recognition of a lifetime of leadership and contribution to the auction remarketing industry.

Most recently, Hallett was honored with the national EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Services category. Leading up to this recognition, he was the Midwest regional winner for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Consumer category.

Warren Byrd EVP of Corporate Development and Real Estate, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Real Estate
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Warren Byrd is executive vice president of corporate development and real estate of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As executive vice president of corporate development and real estate, Byrd oversees strategic corporate development projects and acquisitions and oversees the real estate activities of the enterprise.

Byrd joined ADESA, KAR’s wholesale used-vehicle auction, in 1994 as the company’s legal counsel later becoming General Counsel. During his time with ADESA, Byrd held several management roles. In 1999, he served as vice president of corporate development. Then, in 2001, he led information services as senior vice president. One year later, he became president of ADESA Impact, a salvage auction subsidiary. In 2007, Byrd became the executive vice president of corporate development for ADESA and was promoted to his current role with KAR Auction Services in 2010.

Prior to joining ADESA, Byrd worked in private practice at the Indianapolis law firm of McHale, Cook and Welch (now Bingham Greenebaum Doll). From 2004 through 2007, Byrd served as Chief Operating Officer of Servnet, Inc., a trade co-op of the industry’s leading independent auctions.

Byrd holds a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a bachelor’s degree in business from Cedarville University. He is a secretary, board member and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Auto Auction Association. He is also a board member of Auto Auction Services Corporation (AASC), an industry technology services consortium.

Tom Caruso Chief Client Officer, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

EVP and Chief Client Officer
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Tom Caruso is EVP and Chief Client Officer of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As EVP and Chief Client Officer, Caruso is responsible for establishing and strengthening relationships with customers, as well as, integrating service offerings to customers across all business units within the KAR Auction Services group of companies.

He most recently served as chief executive officer and president of ADESA, KAR’s wholesale used-vehicle auction, where he oversaw the entire auction operations for the United States and Canada. He was also responsible for establishing the company’s direction, as well as, leading the development and execution of the organization’s goals and objectives for growth.

Prior to assuming his role as CEO and president of ADESA in September 2009, Caruso served in a variety of leadership roles within the company since joining in 1992, including regional vice president of ADESA’s northeast region, executive vice president of eastern operations and chief operating officer.

Caruso is an auto auction industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience. He is a past board member of the National Vehicle Leasing Association and a past board member of the Massachusetts Independent Auto Dealers Association (MIADA). In 2005, Caruso was elected president of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA), and he continues to serve on the NAAA scholarship committee. In 2006, Caruso was awarded the MIADA’s highest honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom Fisher EVP and Chief Information Officer, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

EVP and Chief Information Officer
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Tom Fisher is executive vice president and chief information officer of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As executive vice president and chief information officer, Fisher oversees all information technology strategy, operations and activities across the KAR platform. He works with IT leaders across KAR business units to ensure the company’s enterprise strategy fosters innovation and collaboration and continuously evolves our technology capabilities, products and services. He also helps to ensure IT investments and priorities are aligned with the company’s overall goals and objectives.

Prior to joining KAR in 2017, Fisher served as ‎senior vice president of cloud operations and general manager at Genesys, a global leader in customer-experience platform solutions. He previously served as chief services officer for Interactive Intelligence, where he led an international team of over 1,000 employees. Also at Interactive, he served as vice president of global sales operations and engineering and as director of systems engineering.

Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in communications system management from Ohio University.

Don Gottwald Chief Operating Officer, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Chief Operating Officer
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Don Gottwald is the chief operating officer of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As chief operating officer, Gottwald has responsibility for all KAR business units and related subsidiaries, including ADESA, Insurance Auto Auctions and Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC). He also oversees all support functions, such as human resources, corporate development, enterprise optimization and client services. Gottwald directs the strategic and operational leadership of these businesses, as well as long-term alignment and integration enterprise-wide.

Prior to his role as COO of KAR, Gottwald served as chief executive officer of AFC. In this role, Gottwald was responsible for the strategic leadership of the company’s objectives and growth. Gottwald joined AFC in January 2009.

Gottwald has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. His background ranges from senior management roles at multi-billion dollar companies such as GMAC Financial Services and HSBC Auto Finance, to working on the retail side at a local dealership.

Gottwald holds an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwood University. He was previously active in the American Financial Services Association, where he was chair of the Vehicle Finance Division and served on the association’s board of directors. He also sits on the Automotive Marketing Curriculum Advisory Board at Northwood University and the board of The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind.

Peter Kelly President of KAR Digital Services Group and CTO, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

President of KAR Digital Services Group and CTO
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Peter Kelly is President of KAR Digital Services and chief technology officer of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As chief technology officer, Kelly is responsible for defining and implementing best technology practices across all business units, identifying and offering insight on appropriate technology-related investments, and tracking technology standards, industry trends and emerging technologies.

Prior to his current role, Kelly was co-founder, president and chief executive officer of OPENLANE, which KAR acquired in late 2011. At OPENLANE, Kelly led the company’s strategic direction from the early concept stage to becoming one of the leading online wholesale automotive auctions in North America.

Prior to his work with OPENLANE, Kelly spent eight years managing engineering, construction and procurement projects for Taylor Woodrow, a U.K.-based construction and development firm.

Kelly holds an engineering degree from University College Dublin and an MBA from Stanford University.

John Kett Chief Executive Officer and President, Insurance Auto Auctions

Chief Executive Officer and President
Insurance Auto Auctions

John Kett is chief executive officer and president of Insurance Auto Auctions.

As chief executive officer and president, Kett oversees corporate administration and strategic planning. Even before assuming the role of CEO in May 2014, Kett served as an integral part of the overall strategy development and management of IAA. He joined the company in 2001 as senior vice president of planning and business development and was later promoted to chief financial officer and then president. During this time, IAA nearly tripled its corporate-owned auction facilities.

Prior to joining IAA, Kett served in a variety of senior financial and operational roles for Central Steel and Wire Co., Safelite Glass Corporation (formerly Vistar, Inc.), Newark Electronics and Deloitte LLP.

Kett is the driving force behind IAA’s community building initiatives and serves on SkillsUSA’s Youth Development Foundation Committee. Kett holds a master’s degree in finance from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.

Eric Loughmiller EVP and CFO, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Eric Loughmiller is executive vice president and chief financial officer of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As executive vice president and chief financial officer, Loughmiller oversees growth strategies and all financial matters. Loughmiller joined the company in April 2007.

Previously, Loughmiller served as chief financial officer for several corporations. From 2001 to 2006, he was vice president and CFO of ThoughtWorks, Inc., an information technology consulting firm. Prior to ThoughtWorks, Loughmiller served as executive vice president and CFO of May & Speh, Inc. until the company was acquired by Acxiom Corporation. Loughmiller was the finance leader of the outsourcing division of Acxiom Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was an audit partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm.

Loughmiller holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. He is also a certified public accountant.

Jim Money President, Automotive Finance Corporation

President
Automotive Finance Corporation

Jim Money is president of Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC).

As president, Money directs the development and implementation of the company’s overall strategy and growth objectives, as well as corporate administration.

Money brings more than 25 years of experience to his role as president. He previously served the company as chief financial officer. He joined AFC in August 1999 as controller and was made vice president of finance in June 2006. He was named CFO in April 2009 and assumed his current role in June 2016.

While at AFC, Money has overseen finance, underwriting, collections and risk management operations. Most recently, he directed the business operations of Preferred Warranties, Inc., a vehicle service contract company owned by AFC, and was instrumental in growing the business and expanding its geographic reach.

Prior to joining AFC, Money held a variety of senior management positions within financial and service organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and is a licensed certified public accountant.

Becca Polak EVP, General Counsel and Secretary, KAR Auction Services, Inc..

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Becca Polak is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

In this role, Polak oversees strategic, legal and business planning and the handling of litigation, mergers, acquisitions and general corporate matters. Polak also oversees the company’s corporate communications and is the executive sponsor of TradeRev, a joint venture owned by the company.

Polak joined the company in 2005 as associate general counsel and was promoted in 2007 to her current position. Previously, she served as a senior associate at Krieg DeVault in Indianapolis, where she practiced corporate and securities law. From 1995 to 1999, Polak was an associate at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions.

Polak was named to Auto Remarketing’s 2015 Women in Remarketing, and was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal as a 2014 Woman of Influence. Previously, Polak was named a “rising star” in the Indiana Super Lawyers magazine, and was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal as a Who’s Who in the financial industry for counseling public company clients in securities law.

Polak holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She earned her doctorate of jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with Cum Laude honors.

Lisa Price Executive Vice President of Human Resources, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Executive Vice President of Human Resources
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Lisa Price is executive vice president of human resources for KAR Auction Services, Inc.
As executive vice president of human resources, Price oversees all of the human resources functions for KAR and its business units. Price is responsible for identifying and implementing best practices that enable all human resources teams to act as strategic partners to the company, and efficiently and effectively serve the needs of employees. Price brings human resources, payroll, benefits and compensation departments enterprise-wide into alignment with KAR’s strategic and operational goals and objectives.

Price initially joined ADESA, a business unit of KAR, in 2005 as corporate counsel, where she directed everything from employment litigation and third-party liability to human resources compliance matters and responses to OSHA inquiries. In 2008, she was promoted to vice president of litigation and employment counsel for ADESA’s parent company, KAR Auction Services, where she oversaw HR-related legal functions for the entire KAR group of companies. From there, she was promoted to executive vice president of human resources in 2013.

Prior to starting with ADESA, Price worked in private practice for six years in the areas of employment law, litigation and compliance. She is skilled in the areas of workers’ compensation, employee relations and employee benefits, as well as risk management.
Price holds a bachelor’s degree Cum Laude from Ball State University and earned her doctorate of jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law.

 

Benjamin Skuy EVP of International Markets and Strategic Initiatives, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Executive Vice President of International Markets and Strategic Initiatives
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Benjamin Skuy is executive vice president of international markets and strategic initiatives of KAR Auction Services, Inc. In this role, Skuy implements his experience with global development to explore all international markets for KAR Auction Services.

Skuy joined ADESA, KAR’s wholesale used-vehicle auction company, in July 1999. He has held roles of increased responsibility during the years, with key focus in acquisitions, analytics and alliances with strategic partners, as well as advancing the company’s technology. In 2008, Skuy was named executive vice president of international markets and managing director of ADESA Canada before being promoted to his current role with KAR Auction Services.

Prior to joining the company, Skuy spent more than six years at a major Canadian bank, where he handled the valuation and acquisition of foreign financial institutions. During this time, he completed transactions in Asia, South America, Europe and the Caribbean, including on-site due diligence in Greece, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico and El Salvador.

Skuy holds a master’s degree in business from the University of Toronto and is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Stéphane St-Hilaire Chief Executive Officer and President, ADESA

Chief Executive Officer and President
ADESA

Stéphane St-Hilaire is chief executive officer and president of ADESA.

As chief executive officer and president, St-Hilaire directs the development and implementation of the company’s overall strategy and growth objectives, and is responsible for ADESA’s North American operations.

St-Hilaire joined ADESA Canada in 1998 as chief financial officer. From there, he quickly moved into other senior positions throughout the organization. In 1999, St-Hilaire became ADESA Montreal’s general manager, and was promoted to regional manager in 2000. In 2002, St-Hilaire became regional vice president of Eastern Canada and general manager of ADESA Montreal. In January 2009, St-Hilaire was named chief operating officer for ADESA Canada, and in 2014 he was appointed to his current role as CEO and president of ADESA.

Prior to joining ADESA, St-Hilaire worked as a senior accountant at Ernst & Young and the controller at AIT Corporation.

St-Hilaire has earned a number of professional awards including: the Ford Motor Company Award, the ADESA Canada Auction of the Year Award and the ADESA Customer Service Award. He holds a degree in commerce from Laval University and a degree in administration from Limoilou College. He also earned a chartered accountant certificate from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

David Vignes EVP of Enterprise Optimization, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Executive Vice President of Enterprise Optimization
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

David Vignes is executive vice president of enterprise optimization of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As executive vice president of enterprise optimization, Vignes identifies and implements opportunities to maximize resources and widen synergies enterprise-wide. This includes identifying and standardizing best practices, as well as leveraging technologies, systems and procedures across all business units.

Vignes joined ADESA in 2007 as senior vice president of operations and strategic improvement. He was quickly promoted to executive vice president of strategic improvement and logistics in 2008, before accepting his current role for KAR Auction Services in 2009.

Previously, Vignes served as senior vice president for a master planning and development firm. He also spent more than 15 years, both in Europe and the United States, with The Walt Disney Corporation. During this time, he held several executive positions in finance and operations with Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World Orlando and the Disney Cruise Line.

Vignes has more than 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, enhancing operations, focusing on cost management and optimizing customer values. In 2012, he was nominated director to the board of DRAYER Physical Therapy Institute. Vignes holds a master’s degree from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, France, and an MBA from the University of Florida. He is also a former lieutenant in France’s Air Force.