Board of Directors

The OPENLANE Board of Directors is comprised of accomplished business leaders from a variety of industries. Each director brings a unique area of expertise including finance, automotive, technology, operations, HR and marketing. There are currently ten members of the OPENLANE Board of Directors.

Michael T. Kestner, Independent Director since December 2013; Chairman of the Board


Audit Committee

Age: 70

  • Consultant in the building products and automotive industry since December 2015.
  • Chief Financial Officer of Building Materials Holding Corporation, a building products company, from August 2013 to December 2015.
  • Partner in FocusCFO, LLC, a consulting firm providing part-time CFO services, from April 2012 to August 2013.
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of Hilite International, Inc., an automotive supplier of powertrain parts, from October 1998 to July 2011.
  • Chief Financial Officer of Sinter Metals, Inc., a supplier of powder metal precision components, from 1995 to 1998.
  • Served in various capacities at Banc One Capital Partners, Wolfensohn Ventures- LP and as a senior audit manager at KPMG LLP.
  • Graduated from Southeast Missouri State University.

Carmel Galvin, Independent Director since February 2020


Compensation Committee (Chair) and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Age: 55

  • Chief People Officer at Stripe, Inc., a payment software  services and solutions company, since January 2021.
  • Chief Human Resources Officer (“CHRO”) and Senior Vice President, People and Places, at Autodesk, Inc., a multinational software corporation, from March 2018 to January 2021.
  • CHRO and Senior Vice President at Glassdoor, Inc., a job listing platform, from April 2016 to February 2018.
  • CHRO and Senior Vice President at Advent Software, Inc., an investment management software company, from October 2014 to April 2016.
  • Vice President of Talent & Culture Development for Deloitte New-venture Accelerator (DNA), from May 2013 to October 2014.
  • Provided human resources consulting services from January 2011 to April 2013 at Front Arch, Inc. and from September 2009 to December 2011 at Corporate Leadership Council (CLC), Corporate Executive Board.
  • Managing Director, Global Head of Human Resources at Moody’s Analytics (formerly Moody’s KMV) from November 2004 to March 2008 and Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources at Barra, Inc. from September 1995 to June 2002.
  • Graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA) and University College Dublin (MBS).

J. Mark Howell, Independent Director since December 2014


Risk Committee (Chair) and Audit Committee (Chair)

Age: 59

  • Managing Director of Mintaka Ventures, LLC, a firm focused on private investments, since August 2021.
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Conexus Indiana, Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative sponsored by Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc., from January 2018 to August 2021.
  • Chief Operating Officer of Angie’s List, Inc., a national local services consumer review service and marketplace, from March 2013 to September 2017. Angie’s List, Inc. was acquired in 2017 and merged into ANGI Homeservices Inc.
  • President, Ingram Micro North America Mobility of Ingram Micro Inc., a technology distribution company, from 2012 to 2013.
  • President, BrightPoint Americas of BrightPoint, Inc., a distributor of mobile devices for phone companies, including Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, from 1994 to 2012. BrightPoint, Inc. was sold to Ingram Micro Inc. in 2012.
  • Vice President and Corporate Controller of ADESA from August 1992 to July 1994, now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.
  • Audit Staff and Senior Staff at Ernst & Young LLP.
  • Graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BBA in Accounting).

Stefan Jacoby, Independent Director since June 2019


Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (Chair)


  • Non-Executive Director of McLaren Group, a UK automotive, motorsport, and technology company, since September 2021; and consultant in the automotive industry since January 2018.
  • Executive Vice President of General Motors Company, a multinational company that designs, manufactures and markets vehicles worldwide, and President of GM International Operations, from August 2013 to January 2018.
  • Chief Executive Officer and President of Volvo Car Corporation, a multinational vehicle manufacturer and marketer, from August 2010 to October 2012.
  • Served in several capacities at Volkswagen AG, a multinational automotive manufacturing company, between 2004 and 2010, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer and President of Volkswagen Group of America from 2007 to 2010 and as Executive Vice President of Group Marketing and Sales at Volkswagen AG from 2004 to 2007.
  • Chief Executive Officer and President of Mitsubishi Motors Europe, the European headquarters of automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors, from 2001 to 2004.
  • Served in a variety of finance and leadership roles at Volkswagen AG from 1985 to 2001.
  • Graduate of the University of Cologne, Germany.

Peter Kelly, Chief Executive Officer and Director since April 2021


Chief Executive Officer and Director

Age: 55

  • Chief Executive Officer of the Company since April 2021.
  • President of the Company from January 2019 to March 2021.
  • President of Digital Services of the Company from December 2014 to January 2019 and Chief Technology Officer of the Company from June 2013 to January 2019.
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of OPENLANE, a subsidiary of the Company, from February 2011 to June 2013.
  • President and Chief Financial Officer of OPENLANE from February 2010 to February 2011.
  • Co-founded OPENLANE in 1999, and served in a number of executive roles at OPENLANE from 1999 to 2010.
  • Prior to his work with OPENLANE, managed engineering, construction and procurement projects for Taylor Woodrow, a U.K.-based construction and development firm, from 1989 to 1997.
  • Graduate of the University College Dublin (Engineering) and Stanford University (MBA).

Roy Mackenzie, Independent Director since June 2020


Compensation Committee

Age: 52

  • Partner at Apax Partners, LP (“Apax”), a private equity advisory firm, since January 2003, and also serves on the Investment Committees for the Apax Buyout Funds and Apax Global Alpha.
  • Director of Trade Me Ltd, Vyaire Medical, Inc., and Duck Creek Technologies, Inc., each in connection with investments by funds advised by Apax.
  • Previously served as a director of several companies in connection with investments by funds advised by Apax, including Sophos Group plc, King Digital Entertainment plc, Exact Software NV, Epicor Software, Inc., and NXP Semiconductors NV.
  • Holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a M.Eng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Sanjeev Mehra, Independent Director since October 2021


Compensation Committee

Age: 65

  • Managing Partner of Periphas Capital, LP, a private equity investing firm focused on making investments in technology-enabled businesses, business services, industrials and consumer industries, since founding the firm in 2017.
  • Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Periphas Capital Partnering Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company, since September 2020.
  • Previously served in a variety of positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co. (“Goldman”) from 1986 to 2017, including Partner from 1998 to 2017, and held a range of other senior positions, including vice chairman of the global private equity business, and prior to that, co-head of the Americas private equity business.
  • Founding member of Goldman’s Principal Investment Area (“PIA”), the firm’s private investing arm of its Merchant Banking Division, and served on the PIA Investment Committee from 1998 to 2017.
  • Has served on the board of directors of over 25 companies, including on the Board of the Company from 2007 until 2013.
  • Received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard College.

Mary Ellen Smith, Independent Director since October 2019


Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Age: 64

  • Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Business Operations of Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”), a technology company, since July 2013.
  • Vice President, Worldwide Operations of Microsoft from 2011 to July 2013, General Manager, Worldwide Commercial Operations of Microsoft from 2010 to 2011, and General Manager and President of Microsoft Licensing, GP from 2006 to 2010.
  • Served in several roles at Hewlett-Packard Company from 1996 to 2006, including Vice President, Volume Direct and Teleweb, Americas Region, from 2004 to 2006, and Vice President, Worldwide Customer Operations from 2002 to 2004.
  • Graduate of Bowling Green State University (BS) and Wright State University (MBA). Earned certificates of completion from Stanford University’s Executive Program and Directors’ Consortium Program.

*Updated as of June 7, 2024