Executive Bios

James P. Hallett Chairman and CEO, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Chairman and CEO
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Jim Hallett has more than 40 years of experience in the automotive industry. As Chairman and CEO of KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE:KAR), Hallett leads strategic planning for KAR and also oversees the development and implementation of the organization’s objectives and growth strategy. A native of Canada, Hallett joined the company in 1993 as president of ADESA Canada, and in 1996 relocated to Indianapolis to serve as president and CEO of ADESA. He was named CEO of KAR in 2007, and assumed his current role in 2009.

Under Hallett’s leadership, KAR—a global Fortune 800 company headquartered in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Indiana, with 15,000 employees across more than 200 operating locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe—has seen unprecedented rapid expansion and growth. KAR’s unique end-to-end platform helps the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, financial institutions, insurance companies and dealer groups buy, sell and trade used vehicles—reducing risk, improving transparency and streamlining transactions for customers in more than 75 countries. In 2018, KAR facilitated more than 3.4 million vehicle transactions valued at over $40 billion through its physical, online, and digital/mobile auction marketplaces.

With Hallett at the helm, KAR went public in 2009. Since then, KAR’s stock price has more than quadrupled and KAR has acquired dozens of companies and strategic assets, including OPENLANE, TradeRev, DRIVIN, STRATIM and CarsOnTheWeb (now ADESA Europe). The architect behind the company’s many strategic investments and acquisitions to better serve customers, Hallett has successfully steered KAR to lead the digital transformation of the auto auction industry while pioneering the use of big data to help customers optimize their auction strategies.

A graduate of Canada’s Algonquin College, Hallett holds a Dealer Management Certification from General Motors University. He has been recognized with numerous industry and community awards throughout his career including the 2018 Indiana Chamber Dynamic Leader of the Year, the NAAA/IARA Ed Bobit Industry Icon Award in 2018, national EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Services category, the Ring of Honor from the National Independent Dealers Association and the 2017 John A. Purdie Innovator and Mentor of the Year Award from Marian University. Hallett was also named the 2017 Exceptional Executive by the United Way of Central Indiana—a recognition of his deep commitment to giving back. A lifelong hockey fan, Hallett shares his enjoyment of the sport as owner of the Indy Fuel.


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.

Don Gottwald President of Digital, Data and Mobility Solutions and CSO, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

President of Digital, Data and Mobility Solutions and
Chief Strategy Officer
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Don Gottwald is President of Digital, Data and Mobility Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer of KAR Auction Services, Inc. In this role, Don is responsible for KAR’s growing portfolio of digital, data and mobility assets—overseeing KAR business including OPENLANE, CarsArrive, RDN, Clearplan, DRIVIN, autoniq, InstaVIN and STRATIM. He also oversees KAR’s data as a service function, leveraging the company’s broad data set to develop predictive analytics and artificial intelligence solutions that power efficiency and informed decision making for both the company and its customers. As chief strategy officer, Gottwald leads enterprise strategy, analyzing the latest industry, economic and market trends to promote the long-term strategic alignment and integration of the company’s more than 20 brands.

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.

Peter Kelly President, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Peter Kelly is president of KAR Auction Services, Inc. He oversees ADESA, AFC and KAR Remarketing Services and is responsible for KAR’s digital services group which includes the OPENLANE, CarsArrive, RDN, STRATIM and Clearplan brands. Leveraging his deep technology expertise, Kelly leads the development and delivery of next-generation products, services and capabilities and ensures KAR’s core businesses continue to innovate and evolve to meet the changing needs of customers. He is also charged with strategic and operational oversight of the company’s data as a service, information technology and sales and marketing functions.

Kelly joined KAR in 2011 through the acquisition of OPENLANE, the world’s leading online auction platform supporting private-label upstream programs for more than 40 OEM and financial institution brands. As co-founder, president and chief executive officer of OPENLANE, Kelly led the company’s strategic direction from the startup to the scaleup of what is now the leading online wholesale auction platform in North America. Over the past several years, he led the re-architecture of OPENLANE’s core technology and has grown transaction volumes to more than one million per year.

Most recently, Kelly served as chief technology officer of KAR and president of KAR digital services group. In this role, he was 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 innovations. In this role, he also oversaw the recent STRATIM and Clearplan acquisitions and advanced the company’s mobility, logistics and recovery solutions capabilities.

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.

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.

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.

John Hammer President, ADESA

President, ADESA

John Hammer is President of ADESA.

In this role, Hammer oversees all ADESA operations, including the company’s 75 auction locations across the US, Canada and Mexico. He focuses on integrating new technology into ADESA’s online and physical auction marketplaces, expanding the company’s product and service offerings and transforming the ADESA customer experience.

Hammer is an automotive industry veteran with a 25-year track record of delivering successful results in a variety of wholesale, retail and financing environments. Prior to his current role, Hammer served as CEO of U.S. Auto Sales, Inc. Previously, Hammer spent seven years at ADESA sister-company Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), holding senior leadership roles that included CEO, President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining AFC, Hammer spent 17 years in roles of progressive responsibility at several automotive and finance companies, including Ally Financial, AutoNation and Mercedes-Benz Financial.

Hammer earned his BSBA from Tennessee Tech University. He and his family reside in Carmel, Indiana.


David Vignes President of KAR Remarketing Services, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

President of Remarketing Services 
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

David Vignes is president of Remarketing Services for KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As president of this business segment, Vignes oversees KAR’s remarketing services, which aligns the company’s AutoVIN, KAR Reconditioning, AuctionTrac, High Tech Locksmiths, and PAR North America businesses, to enhance value across all business units. This includes identifying and standardizing best practices to improve safety and reduce risk, as well as leveraging technologies, systems and procedures across all business units. He also leads KAR’s enterprise safety and security efforts. 

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, and then executive vice president, Enterprise Optimization, for KAR Auction Services in 2009. Vignes was promoted to his current role in 2017.

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, and in 2018 he was appointed Advisor to the Board of CityMD, a company owned by Warburg Pincus. 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.

Jim Money President, Automotive Finance Corporation

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.

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.

Tom Kontos Chief Economist, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Chief Economist
KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Tom Kontos is chief economist of KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As chief economist and leader of KAR Analytical Services, Kontos interfaces with key clients and dealers, Wall Street and automotive analysts, and members of the media to provide information and insight on economic trends in the vehicle remarketing industry and scrap metal markets, in which KAR subsidiaries ADESA and IAA are major players. Kontos provides analytical services in the form of periodic reports on used-vehicle and salvage price trends, monthly podcasts, floorplan financing and profitability insights, and other strategic studies. He also plays an integral role in developing remarketing and salvage strategies with customers across the KAR family of companies, including large dealer groups.

Kontos is the architect and author of Pulse, a semi-annual review published by KAR that provides comprehensive analysis of strategic trends and issues relating to the 40-million-unit used vehicle market and the $80 billion vehicle remarketing industry in North America. He also contributes to IAA’s OnTrack, a periodic report delivering deep economic analysis and insights on hot topics impacting salvage auctions, as well as quarterly and annual reports on the specialty and salvage segments.

In recognition of his pioneering economic forecasting and thought leadership in the used-vehicle and salvage industry, Kontos and his work have received numerous awards. Pulse and its predecessor Global Vehicle Remarketing have been extremely well received by the automotive industry, often cited in the trade press, and honored with the prestigious APEX and Keystone awards for excellence in investment and financial materials. Most recently, Kontos was honored with the Ed Bobit Icon of the Automotive Industry Award by the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance and the National Auto Auction Association in 2016.

Kontos has more than 25 years of experience in market research, financial analysis and strategic planning. Prior to joining KAR, Kontos helped launch and was the principal author of the ADT Automotive Used Car Market Report, which Kontos saw through five editions. In addition to his automotive industry experience, he has conducted economic analyses of the mining, agricultural and construction sectors through his experience with W.R. Grace & Co., Vulcan Materials Company and Rogers Group, Inc.

A native of Washington, D.C., Kontos holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mineral resource economics from Pennsylvania State University. He has taught at Birmingham-Southern College and Trevecca University and participated in the Master of Liberal Arts and Science Program at Vanderbilt University.

Kayne Grau Executive Vice President of Sales, TradeRev

Executive Vice President of Sales, TradeRev

Kayne Grau is president of Data as a Service for KAR Auction Services, Inc.

As president of Data as a Service, Grau is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership oversight to our new portfolio of DRIVIN, Autoniq, instaVIN, Data Science, and Pricing Optimization. He focuses on innovation, new product development and effective use of data across the larger KAR organization. 

Grau has more than 20 years of management experience across various sectors and held senior management roles with Music Dealers,,,, Allstate and Allianz Insurance. He’s a current board member with TopStep Trader, Illinois Technology Association and Chicago Tech Academy. Additionally, he has been recognized  on Crain’s Tech Top 50 list and CIO Magazine‘s Ones to Watch list. 

Grau holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from National Louis University.

Srisu Subrahmanyam Chief Operating Officer, ADESA

Chief Operating Officer, ADESA

As ADESA’s Chief Operating Officer, Srisu Subrahmanyam leads the strategic growth and development of the U.S. auction operations group, bringing a process-driven mindset to delivering superior customer service and operational effectiveness.

Subrahmanyam joined KAR in 2017 as senior vice president of business transformation—overseeing business transformation and enterprise optimization, ensuring that KAR is operationally aligned around strategic priorities and that the company’s execution capabilities are effectively deployed across the platform.

He has more than 20 years of executive operations and consulting experience, including leadership positions across multiple Fortune® 1000 companies and industries such as aviation, technology, logistics and education. Prior to joining KAR, Subrahmanyam served as global vice president of engineering for Ingram Micro, the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operations officer for BrightPoint Americas and in executive leadership positions at Career Education Corporation and United Airlines.

Subrahmanyam holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics including organizational optimization, design and culture. He is a member of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and has served on a variety of other prominent industry and community organizations throughout his career.

Chuck Coleman SVP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

SVP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Chuck Coleman is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at KAR Auction Services, Inc. In this role, Coleman oversees legal matters for KAR and its subsidiaries, including corporate governance, securities, litigation and worldwide merger and acquisition activities.

Coleman previously served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for KAR. In his prior role, Coleman was instrumental in the negotiation and planning of KAR’s new corporate headquarters and directed legal activities in connection with KAR’s domestic and international acquisitions. Coleman joined KAR in 2015 from the law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP, where he was a partner and chair of the business practice group, gaining nearly 20 years of corporate and mergers and acquisitions experience.

Coleman has several times been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer and an Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and then earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Tobin Richer Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Tobin Richer is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at KAR Auction Services, Inc. In this role, Richer is responsible for the company’s enterprise marketing and communications activities, including oversight of internal staff and agency resources to accelerate customer acquisition and sales, improve retention and loyalty and promote the overall brand, strategy and reputation for KAR and its more than 20 North American and international affiliates. Richer leads a diverse team of marketing and communications professionals focused on executing data-driven, multi-channel brand awareness, customer engagement, product promotion, sales enablement, corporate reputation and social responsibility campaigns. He also leads all strategic communications functions across KAR including public relations, social media and executive, internal, and crisis communications.

Richer has more than 20 years of proven results accelerating growth, transforming culture and amplifying brands in geographically and operationally diverse environments ranging from technology startups to established Fortune 50 environments. Prior to joining KAR, he held several senior leadership positions at Anthem, Inc., including Vice President of Corporate Communications where he led all executive communications, clinical communications, reputation management and creative services activities. At Anthem, Richer also served as Executive Advisor to the CEO and Staff Vice President of Clinical Health Policy and Promotion where he focused on effectively positioning Anthem’s executives and communicating the company’s public policy positioning during health reform.

Before his time at Anthem, Richer was an attorney in the corporate health care practice at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Richer began his career building statistical models and providing policy and regulatory analyses supporting the identification, investigation and prosecution of Medicare and Medicaid fraud at the US Department of Health and Human Services. In 2001, his work earned him the “Administrator’s Award,” the agency’s highest honor.

Richer serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Central Indiana and previously served on the boards of the Indianapolis Opera and the Indiana chapter of the American Heart Association. He holds a juris doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law, a master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.