CDK Adds COO

June 16, 2020

CDK Global, Inc., a retail automotive technology company, announced its intention to create a chief operating officer (COO) role to better align functions and improve the overall effectiveness of the company’s North American business. The COO role will bring together the North America Sales and Customer Experience teams, as well as the DMS, CRM, Layered Applications, and Portfolio Business Units, to ensure the accountability and execution of a coordinated and focused plan.

Joe Tautges, executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO), will assume the COO position effective upon appointing a successor to the CFO role.

“Adding this critical role will help us drive further our strategy for growth and continue our commitments to delivering the best support to our customers,” said Brian Krzanich, president and chief executive officer, CDK Global. “In his more than three years at CDK, Joe has made tremendous contributions both inside and outside the Finance area, which makes him the ideal leader to assume this position. Joe brings strong financial acumen, in-depth knowledge of both the automotive and technology industries, and a keen ability to drive our top-line growth, as well as manage the bottom line.”

CDK Global, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the company’s digital marketing business to Ansira Partners, Inc., a subsidiary of Advent International , one of the largest global private equity investors. CDK Global sold the assets of the company’s digital marketing business, including all advertising solutions and website services.

“We remain fully committed to our digital marketing business customers, and we will ensure a seamless and uninterrupted transition through the completion of the sale,” said Brian Krzanich, president and chief executive officer, CDK Global.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The proposed transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. Ropes & Gray LLP is serving as legal counsel to Advent in the transaction.

Dealertrack Registration and Title Solutions announced it has become a participant in the CDK Global Partner Program, the largest third-party marketplace of automotive applications and integrations.

This integration will provide dealers with data sharing capabilities between their Dealertrack in-state and out-of-state solutions and the CDK Drive DMS. As a result, dealers can now seamlessly push the deal from the CDK Drive DMS into their Dealertrack Registration and Title Solutions and back into the DMS when a deal is complete, helping reduce data discrepancies between dealer systems and improving operational efficiency in the sale and F&I process. By simplifying the deal finalization process through this improved data workflow, this integration now mitigates the need for double data entry by automatically populating the DMS, addressing informational gaps caused by conflicting data between systems and policy variance by state.

EqualWeb has partnered with CDK to provide its dealer’s websites equal access and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. As a development company that specializes in accessibility and advanced internet applications, and with more than two decades of experience, EqualWeb has made it their mission to make the digital world accessible and barrier free for everyone.

EqualWeb’s solution is an AI widget with human custom manual adjustments that provides an accessibility solution, at the highest level, to all websites and platforms. As of now all of CDK’s website customers are able to join this important mission of making the web accessible to all. EqualWeb will keep dealer websites ADA compliant within the CDK platform for each unique website, even when uploading new content.  As a certified partner, EqualWeb is now available for easy installation through the CDK Partner Program Online Ordering System. By using the full compliance service, online shoppers will enjoy a barrier free, equal and comprehensive web access experience.

CDK Global has joined with the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association as its newest Gold-level National Corporate Partner.

NIADA’s partnerships provide a broad portfolio of trusted services that help its members grow their businesses, protect their assets and enhance their profitability.

One tool, available to NIADA members from CDK is Drive Flex, a cloud-based DMS that can be accessed on any Internet-connected device. It offers streamlined workflows to increase efficiency and is intuitive, so users can become more productive faster.

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