KAR Global announced leadership changes at eight ADESA locations on Thursday.
New general managers now are in place at operations throughout the U.S., including:
— Michele Arguijo at ADESA Austin
— Amy Coley at ADESA Washington, D.C.
— Sheldon Jones at ADESA Little Rock
— Derek Kline at ADESA PA
— Sean O’Connell at ADESA Colorado Springs
— Lisa O’Neil at ADESA Atlanta
— Rod Thompson at ADESA Tampa
— Alfie White at ADESA Birmingham
“All of the new GMs are proven leaders who demonstrate industry-knowledge and customer obsession,” ADESA chief operating officer Srisu Subrahmanyam said in a news release. “We’re excited to have these new leaders in place at our vehicle logistics centers as we continue to evolve our digital-first approach, supported by our vast physical infrastructure.”
With ADESA Austin for more than 13 years, the company highlighted Arguijo has held various management positions across fleet and dealer sales, overseeing both departments in 2017.
With more than 25 years of industry experience, Arguijo began her career at a local mechanic shop as a service writer and bookkeeper, and then joined DriveTime where she was promoted to recon shop manager.
ADESA mentioned Coley has worked in the automotive industry for more than 16 years. Prior to working as the assistant GM at ADESA Washington, D.C., Coley got her start working in repairs — managing everything from collision repairs to full express repair centers.
“She brings a strong customer service background and digital focus,” the company said.
KAR noted that Jones brings more than 12 years of management experience to ADESA Little Rock ranging from the auto to financial industries.
“He is no stranger to the KAR Global family, as he managed three salvage auctions for the company prior to their spin-off,” the company said.
KAR indicated Kline has been with ADESA PA for almost four years and most recently held the commercial accounts manager position.
Prior to joining ADESA, Kline held various positions in the automotive industry with companies such Enterprise Rent-A-Car “where he quickly rose through several management roles with increasing responsibilities,” according to KAR.
With more than 25 years of auction and remarketing experience, KAR said O’Connell offers a veteran presence to ADESA Colorado Springs. The company said he was the assistant GM at the AutoNation auction in Atlanta for the last four years where “he refined his retail knowledge of the business.”
Prior to that, O’Connell served as the AFC branch manager in Atlanta.
KAR highlighted O’Neil has held numerous positions throughout her 18 years with ADESA. Most recently, she served as the GM of ADESA Tampa and prior to that, the assistant GM of ADESA Atlanta.
“She is known for her powerful client relationships and strong leadership skills, both of which foster a great customer experience,” KAR said.
Thompson possesses 25 years of experience in the automotive industry as he arrives at ADESA Tampa. A veteran in the industry, the company said he has done everything from owning a motorsports dealership to leading ADESA Tulsa.
Prior to his current position, Thompson spent the past few years as an executive sales director for KAR Global.
Part of the ADESA family for more than 32 years, White started in the detail shop and over time grew his experience and responsibilities — from manager of the fleet lease and commercial department to assistant general manager and operations manager of ADESA Birmingham in 2012.