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Don Gottwald

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

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

As chief operating officer and chief strategy officer, Gottwald is responsible for enterprise strategy, especially focusing on the future of mobility and emerging opportunities. He is also charged with leading the company’s operational effectiveness and building exceptional data analytical capabilities across the organization. He oversees all support functions, such as corporate development, enterprise optimization and client services, and he directs the strategic and operational leadership of these businesses, as well as long-term alignment and enterprise integration.

Previously, 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. Gottwald also supports community and mission-driven organization by serving on the boards of the Indiana chapter of JDRF and the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.