Executives and directors

View Executive Team profiles below or learn about our corporate governance, including our Board of Directors.

Ann Fandozzi

Ann Fandozzi - Chief Executive Officer

Ann Fandozzi joined Ritchie Bros. in 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Ms. Fandozzi was CEO of ABRA Auto Body and Glass from 2016 to 2019, and previous to that role, from 2012 to 2016, was CEO of vRide, a carpooling platform that works with private and public employers. Prior to these CEO roles, Ms. Fandozzi served in several executive positions for Whirlpool, including eBusiness, Direct-to-Consumer, and Sears/Kenmore. Ms. Fandozzi joined Whirlpool from DaimlerChrysler, where she led the Global Family Vehicle business and is credited with the invention and development of the Stow-N-Go fold flat seats.

Earlier in her career, she gained significant experience in consumer marketing, product development and engineering at Ford Motor Company, McKinsey & Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation. She served on the board of Pinnacle Foods, a publicly-traded packaged food company that was acquired by ConAgra, and is a board member of Ghost Robotics, a robotics start-up. Ms. Fandozzi is also a frequent speaker on technology, transportation, and green/environmental topics.

Ms. Fandozzi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sharon Driscoll

Sharon Driscoll - Chief Financial Officer

Sharon Driscoll joined Ritchie Bros. in July 2015 as Chief Financial Officer, following 17 years of senior executive experience at companies such as Rexall Pharmacies Canada (Katz Group Canada), Sears Canada Inc. and Loblaw Companies Limited.  Most recently, Sharon was Executive Vice President and CFO at Katz Group Canada Ltd., where she was responsible for all financial operations, including capital allocation, financing strategies, treasury operations, regulatory compliance, risk management and financial talent development.  Prior to Katz Group, Ms. Driscoll was Senior Vice President and CFO of Sears Canada Inc., one of Canada's largest retailers.

Ms. Driscoll is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen's University. Ms. Driscoll also serves as a Director of Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A).

Jim Kessler

Jim Kessler - Chief Operating Officer

Jim Kessler was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective May 11, 2020. Mr. Kessler has held various leadership positions in his career including those of President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He acted as Chief Operating Officer of Abra Auto Body & Glass, where he oversaw operations, procurement and growth initiatives which led to the merger of the first national collision repair provider in the United States. He also held a variety of senior leadership positions at Caliber Collision, vRide and Pep Boys. Most recently, Mr. Kessler served as President of Emerging Business for Caliber Collision during which he focused on evaluating and scaling businesses that would complement collision repair services.

Mr. Kessler holds an undergraduate degree and MBA from Saint Joseph's University.

Karl Werner

Karl Werner - President, International

Karl Werner, President, International, leads Ritchie Bros.' growing international business unit that includes Europe, the Middle East, LATAM, India, Africa, Australia and Asia Pacific.

Karl started his career in 1996 at Ritchie Bros. learning the business by starting as a Territory Manager in the Pacific Northwest including Alaska, then rising through the sales organization before relocating to Ritchie Bros. corporate headquarters to lead global process reengineering projects and ultimately live auction operations as Chief Auction Operations Officer. In this role he championed customer experience improvements to benefit both sellers and buyers at 300+ annual yearly auctions. Throughout his Ritchie Bros. career, Karl has been a pioneer of technology and process improvements, including leading a team to build its proprietary online bidding system.

Prior to Ritchie Bros., Karl was an entrepreneur who owned and operated multiple successful businesses in real estate development, heavy haul transportation, and aviation.

Karl held various board seats for Ritchie Bros. including Xcira, a simulcast auction technology company, uShip, an online marketplace for shipping services, and was a founding board member of Ritchie Bros. Financial Services.

Kari Taylor

Kari Taylor - President, US Regions

Kari Taylor joined Ritchie Bros. in 2019 as the Chief Sales Officer for its US region. Brought onboard for her strong strategic and customer orientation, Kari thrives on contributing collaboratively within and for highly-competitive organizations with a high bias for action and results.

Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Kari Taylor served as Chief Revenue Officer at Benco Dental (HQ, Pittston, PA) and was responsible for executing on Benco's growth strategies and delivering a best-in-class customer experience through a national branch network of sales and service associates.

Ms. Taylor has also held leadership positions at W.W. Grainger, Inc., Office Depot, Inc., and Sun Microsystems, Inc. She has also participated in two start-ups: TLM and Extrapolate.

Kari Taylor is an alumna of California State University, Hayward, and earned her MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA, with an emphasis in International Marketing and Sales Leadership.  She continued her executive leadership education at Universidad de Navarra, IESE Business School - Barcelona, Spain as well as at Florida Atlantic University.

Jeff Jeter

Jeff Jeter - President, Upstream & Emerging Businesses

Jeff leads Ritchie Bros.' upstream and emerging businesses, as well as the company's Strategic Accounts Group, focused on targeted industry verticals. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Jeff was President, IronPlant leading IronPlanet's US and international sales and new business planning activities, including identifying strategic initiatives and driving new market launch initiatives.

Mr. Jeter has also served as Senior Principal at PRTM Management Consultants, where he helped lead PRTM's customer experience consulting for Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to PRTM, Jeff was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Manugistics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANU), where he executed global marketing strategies and managed the company's new business development and sales operations initiatives. Jeff has 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and international business, including two international assignments for Iomega, a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) and leader in innovative storage and network security solutions for small businesses, home offices and consumers.

Jeff holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from Mercer University.

Kieran Holm

Kieran Holm – President, Canada

Kieran Holm has over a decade of experience with Ritchie Bros., beginning his career at the company in 2004 in the marketing department before taking on progressively more senior positions. The roles included general management as Area Manager in Texas; Regional Manager in Chicago; sales management as Vice President, Sales - North Central U.S. and strategic management as Managing Director Asia Pacific. In 2017 he relocated back from Tokyo to take on to his current role overseeing the operations side of Ritchie Bros. Kieran has developed and executed strong growth strategies, managed high-performing teams and spearheaded Ritchie Bros.' expansion into new markets and segments including auctioning real-estate assets and classic cars.
 
Mr. Holm holds an MBA, specializing in finance, from McGill University, earned at the University's Tokyo, Japan, campus; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria (Canada). He speaks English, Japanese and French.
Carmen Thiede

Carmen Thiede – Chief Human Resources Officer

Carmen Thiede was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer, effective April 13, 2020. Ms. Thiede brings significant experience to the Company gained during her impressive career in human resources leadership across diverse industries including automotive, financial and technological services at RBC, Ameriprise Financial Services, Regis Corporation, ABRA Auto Body & Glass and SnapAV. Ms. Thiede has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Economics from St. Olaf College and a Master's Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.

Baron Concors

Baron Concors – Chief Information Officer

Baron Concors was appointed as Chief Information Officer (CIO) effected March 23, 2020. Mr. Concors held various leadership positions in his career including CIO of Yum Brands where he was responsible for Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut information technology in over 120 countries and Chief Digital Officer for Pizza Hut, where he led digital transformation for the global business. He also held a variety of leadership positions at FedEx, Deloitte and Touche LLP, and Ernst and Young LLP. Most recently, Concors served as CIO at ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national vehicle collision repair company, where he helped transform the customer experience through technology. He was named by Computerworld Magazine as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders in the world and Forbes Magazine named the Pizza Hut iPhone application the #1 branded mobile application of the year. Mr. Concors serves on the board of Bibliotheca and Punchh.

Mr. Concors graduated from the University of Texas-Arlington and earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Matt Ackley

Matt Ackley – Chief Marketing Officer

An engineer by trade, Matt Ackley has led product development and marketing organizations for a number of major brands, such as eBay and Google—known disrupters of traditional industries. In his seven-plus years at eBay, Ackley focused on revenue and demand generation, including strategic partnerships, seller tools, developer platforms, and internet marketing and advertising, where he was the Vice President of that group for five years.

Ackley's tenure at eBay and his expertise in understanding online marketplaces was focused on driving value for both sellers and buyers. After eBay, Ackley was Managing Director, Media and Platform Market Development, at Google. At Google he focused on product marketing and strategic development activities for Google's search and online advertising products such as DoubleClick Search, Google Analytics and YouTube.

Now at Ritchie Bros., Ackley is responsible for core digital activities across the company's brands.

Ackley has an M.B.A. from Harvard and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University.

Darren Watt

Darren Watt - Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Darren Watt joined the Company in 2004 as in-house legal counsel. In 2012, Mr. Watt was promoted to Vice President Legal Affairs, and in 2013 was appointed General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. On August 29, 2016, Mr. Watt was promoted to Senior Vice President & General Counsel. Prior to joining the Company Mr. Watt practiced with McCarthy Tétrault LLP (1998 − 2004) as an Associate lawyer in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities. Mr. Watt is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and holds a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree (International Relations) from the University of Toronto.

Brian Glenn

Brian Glenn – SVP, Head of Sales Canada

Brian Glenn is the SVP and Head of Sales, Canada with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and is responsible for the Ritchie Bros. industrial sales team across Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience in the equipment industry—previously working with Union Tractor and Valley Blades before coming to Ritchie Bros. in 1997. Brian started with Ritchie Bros. 15+ years ago as a Territory Manager and has risen up the ranks through every sales management position available, now serving as the head of the sales for Canada.

In Brian's 15+ years with Ritchie Bros. he has worked as a Territory Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Vice President, Senior Vice President and now SVP & Head of Sales Canada.