John Hammer is Chief Commercial Officer of KAR Global and President of ADESA. As President of ADESA, Hammer oversees all operations, including the company’s 74 auction locations across the US and Canada. He focuses on bringing new technology into ADESA’s marketplaces, expanding the company’s product and service offerings and transforming the ADESA customer experience. In February 2020, Hammer took on the additional role of Chief Commercial Officer of KAR. In this position, Hammer has overarching responsibility for the KAR Global Sales Team and leads the integration of KAR’s portfolio of assets to deliver a seamless experience and unmatched solutions for customers.
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.