Careers at IAA

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Who We Are


IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA) is a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers. Leveraging leading-edge technology and focusing on innovation, IAA’s unique platform facilitates the marketing and sale of total-loss, damaged and low-value vehicles. Headquartered near Chicago in Westchester, Illinois, IAA has nearly 4,000 employees and more than 200 facilities throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. IAA serves a global buyer base – located throughout over 170 countries – and a full spectrum of sellers, including insurers, dealerships, fleet lease and rental car companies, and charitable organizations. Buyers have access to multiple digital bidding and buying channels, innovative vehicle merchandising, and efficient evaluation services, enhancing the overall purchasing experience. IAA offers sellers a comprehensive suite of services aimed at maximizing vehicle value, reducing administrative costs, shortening selling cycle time and delivering the highest economic returns.

Management


John Kett

Chief Executive Officer and President

John became CEO in May 2014, after serving in a variety of executive roles at IAA for more than 14 years. In June 2019, John led IAA through the process of becoming an independent public company. In 2019, IAA generated $1.4 billion in revenue and sold more than 2.5 million vehicles through its platform. IAA is a global leader in technology innovation, analytics and operational execution.

Previously with IAA, John served as Senior Vice President of Planning and Business Development, Chief Financial Officer and President. John sits on the national board of directors for SkillsUSA and the Northern Illinois University Board of Executive Advisors. John is also an active member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Prior to IAA, John held senior financial roles at Central Steel and Wire Co., Safelite Glass Corporation, Newark Electronics and Deloitte LLP. John holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

Vance Johnston

Chief Financial Officer

Vance joined IAA in early 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. Vance brings nearly 30 years of finance, accounting, corporate strategy and treasury experience, as well as a diverse combination of high-growth and public company knowledge to the IAA leadership team.

Prior to IAA, Vance served as Chief Financial Officer at SP Plus Corporation, a provider of professional parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance, security and event logistics services. At SP Plus, Vance was responsible for the finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations, strategy, corporate development, IT and procurement functions.

Prior to SP Plus, Vance was the Chief Financial Officer at Furniture Brands International and held various finance, corporate strategy and operational positions at leading companies, such as Royal Caribbean International, Burger King and OfficeMax. He started his career at KPMG in their audit practice. Vance earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from The University of San Diego and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. 

Tim O'Day

President, U.S. Operations

Tim joined IAA in August 2015 as Senior Vice President of Finance and became COO in January 2017. Tim brings more than 30 years of finance, operations and general management expertise to the company. Tim has played a pivotal role in IAA becoming an independent public company as well as the industry leader in operational execution and catastrophe management services. Prior to IAA, Tim was Chief Operating Officer for nine years with MedSpeed, a national healthcare transportation and logistics provider. 

Tim’s experience also includes starting and running a B2B internet technology company. Prior to that, Tim served as president of a regional special events company, as CFO of an equipment rental chain, and as director of finance for a national auto glass company. He began his career at Abbott Laboratories in their financial management training program. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in Business from Indiana University. 

Sidney Peryar

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Sidney joined IAA in 2001 as Corporate Counsel and Secretary and has played a significant role in the company’s growth including it recently becoming an independent public company. Sidney leads general legal affairs, including SEC compliance and filings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and litigation.

Sidney and his team will work in concert with state and federal governments to facilitate legislation and regulation that ensures responsible business conduct and drives healthy expansion of the industry. Sidney plays a significant role in all facets of the organization as IAA looks to transform the industry into a technology-driven marketplace.

Sidney holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. 

Maju Abraham

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Maju has served as the Chief Information Officer since June 2019. He joined IAA in 2005 as an Application Development Manager and has since held numerous Business Technology roles focused on transformation of the company’s development teams. Under his leadership, IAA was able to expedite a massive digital transformation project not only to maintain business continuity through the global pandemic but also to further expand IAA’s presence in the global vehicle marketplace.

Maju manages delivery for all IAA product development, including enterprise applications, mobile products and enterprise architecture. Maju also collaborates with a number of software partners and supports weekly online vehicle auctions across more than 200 locations worldwide. 

Prior to IAA, Maju worked for Accubyte Inc. and Diamond InfoTech. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Mahatma Gandhi University. 

Terry Daniels

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS

Terry joined the IAA leadership team in 2018 by way of its Canadian subsidiary, Impact Auto Actions, Inc. He oversees all operations outside of the U.S., including Impact and IAA in the United Kingdom. Terry works in close collaboration with our business development team to explore avenues to expand our current footprint and business globally. Previously, Terry served as Managing Director at Impact, where he led global market development and salvage management services in Canada. Terry served as the COO at Impact from 2000 to 2002, and again from 2004 until he took over the Managing Director role in 2006. Prior to joining Impact, Terry was the IT Manager at ADESA Canada (1998-2000) and later was ADESA’s CIO (2002-2003).  

Terry has significant experience in a wide variety of IT- and operations-related fields, including mining, retail and the Canadian public sector. A graduate of Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Terry has also served as a board member with the AASC.  

Jeanene O'Brien

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Jeanene joined IAA in 2008 as Vice President of Global Marketing. She is responsible for all marketing efforts, including branding, public relations, advertising, market research, sales enablement and event programs. She analyzes and reports business and economic trends that impact the salvage industry, aligning IAA’s expertise and leadership. 

Previously, Jeanene served as Vice President of Provider Marketing. A 20-year veteran in the property and casualty claims industry, Jeanene has a history of executing innovative brand strategy and comprehensive client growth and retention campaigns. Jeanene led marketing efforts at CCC Information Services Inc., and consulted with claims vendors, including independent appraisal firms, collision repair facilities and integrated technology providers. Jeanene started her marketing career as an associate in a Chicago advertising firm.

Jeanene is a member of the Women’s Industry Network and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Wooster (Ohio). Jeanene has a master’s degree in Market Research and Advertising from Loyola University Graduate School of Business in Chicago. 

Bill Davidson

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF HUMAN RELATIONS

Bill joined IAA in June 2017 as Vice President, Human Resources. In his current role, he provides oversight to all aspects of human resources, talent management, employee relations policies, practices, operations, training and development. As an action-oriented leader with over 20 years of human capital experience across multiple industries, Bill leads the execution of strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. Under his leadership, Bill’s team manages succession planning, talent, organizational and performance management, employee engagement, training, career development, compensation and benefits.  

Bill has a Master of Business Administration from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, a Master Certificate in Human Resources Management from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Strayer University. Bill is certificated in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, ROI Methodology, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and Situational Leadership. Bill is veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.  

Peg Burr

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Peg joined IAA in June 2021, bringing with her a wealth of product strategy and management expertise. She oversees all global product development for the company, with a goal of driving competitive differentiation and growth through technology and innovation. She has a proven track record of accomplishment in strategy, development and growth of product portfolios across all global industry verticals. Prior to IAA, Peg was Vice President and Global Product Portfolio Leader for the Digital Business of Cognizant, a Fortune 500 company, where she designed and led the Offering Product Portfolio across five digital practices. Prior to Cognizant, Peg was a Managing Director with Accenture, a Fortune 300 company. There she pioneered and led global end-to-end technology product strategy and management, from innovation through development of differentiated solution portfolios, including software products and platforms, assets and the alliance partner ecosystem.

Peg has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Theatre from the University of Illinois and is an avid fan of the rich Chicago theatre, music, museum, gallery and restaurant scenes. 

Justin Mahlik

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL BUYER DEVELOPMENT, DATA AND INNOVATION

Justin joined the IAA leadership team in January 2019. He oversees the teams focused on global buyer development, data and innovation for IAA. Prior to IAA, Justin was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at DRIVIN, an automotive focused data and predicative analytics platform. DRIVIN was acquired by former IAA parent company KAR Auction Services in 2017. 

Before DRIVIN, Justin was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and executing new acquisitions as well as monitoring existing portfolio companies at BP Capital Management. He also was an investment banker in the business services group at Robert W. Baird. There, he was directly involved in approximately $1.5 billion of equity offering and merger and acquisition activity and helped to build out Baird’s European business services platform.  

Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics and a minor in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  

Steve Muscarello

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES AND CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, U.S.

Steve joined IAA in January of 2017 as Vice President of Innovation and Product Development and has built the organization’s innovation and ideation practice. 

Spearheading in excess of twenty IAA “ID8” sessions with clients resulting in new product development including IAA 360 View™, Buyer Digital Transformation and Buyer Recommendation Engine. Through these in-depth sessions, Steve has a deep knowledge of our client markets including insurance, fleet, finance, dismantler/recycler, exporter, dealer, etc.  Steve’s unique vantage point has allowed him to keenly understand our clients’, as well as our industry’s, processes, pain points and opportunities. Prior to his role at IAA, Steve was the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at MedSpeed. Steve grew this business to become the leading national provider of specialized transportation and logistics services to the healthcare industry. 

Steve holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University.  

IAA in the Community


SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization designed to ensure America has a skilled workforce through serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled-service occupations. This is a partnership that continues to flourish and expand, and IAA is proud to have been an official sponsor of SkillsUSA since 2012.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School—Chicago

Since 2005, we have been a corporate sponsor of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's Corporate Work Study Program, a nationally recognized model that has been replicated in 25 schools across the country. Teams of students fulfill 181 days of work at IAA during the school year, allocating their earnings to pay for more than half of their education. To get a look into a student's experience with IAA, check out this video.

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