CHICAGO, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DRIVIN today announced that Leslie Vander Baan, automotive industry veteran and former co-founder of CarBuyCo, has been named Vice President, Partnerships. She is responsible for all aspects of developing, managing and expanding partnerships across the business, including strategic planning and expansion of current partner relationships. Vander Baan reports directly to CEO, Kayne Grau.
"As a recognized leader and visionary in the auto sector, I am extremely happy to have Leslie within our company. She brings with her an extensive and impressive background in the automotive industry that will be a key component in our growth over the next year," said Grau. "We look forward to drawing on her expertise as we expand into new markets."
Vander Baan has been involved with a number of initiatives designed toward revolutionizing a consumer's ability to quickly and efficiently sell their vehicle. She has founded businesses for both publicly traded and private sector companies which includes co-founding the nation's first virtualized car buying program, CarBuyCo, a KAR Auction Services company. Under her direction, the company expanded from a pilot operation to a national business with over 50 locations in under a year. Additionally, Leslie founded the first of its kind, Automotive Consignment, a consignment based automotive buying and selling service targeting one third of the used car marketplace garnering national press coverage. Prior to DRIVIN, Leslie was with Automotive Finance Corporation where she was instrumental in leading a number of successful strategic projects.
"DRIVIN is changing the face of the used car industry by helping dealers source and manage their inventory faster and more efficiently. The opportunity to positively impact dealers within one of their most critical profit centers is substantial. I'm thrilled to be joining the dynamic team at DRIVIN during such an exciting time," said Vander Baan.
DRIVIN is revolutionizing the used car industry by bringing data and technology together in a first-of-its-kind, high-touch fashion to help dealers acquire the right cars, at the right price, right now. Combining highly personalized service with cutting edge technology and local market analytics, DRIVIN casts a nationwide net to find and vet quality, retail-ready, whole-sale priced vehicles, and connect them with dealers all across the country. Launched in 2015, DRIVIN is powered by CarCo Technologies.