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.”

Firm Hires COO

November 27, 2019

Foundation Direct announced the appointment of Ashley Lepczyk as its chief operating officer. Ashley joins the firm after 12 years at Google, where she worked on automotive products.

Lepczyk led the release of Google’s first ever Dealer Guidebook, which outlined a step-by-step process for maximizing Google’s tools and solutions at the dealership level. During her tenure, she successfully partnered with professionals in every level of leadership across sales, marketing, product engineering, analytics and more. 

 

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