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.