Ritchie Bros. Names Ravi Saligram as New Chief Executive Officer
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ravi Saligram as the Company's new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Saligram will succeed Peter Blake, who will be leaving the Company in July. It is expected that Mr. Saligram will assume his new role as CEO on July 7 and will be appointed as a member of the board of directors of the Company at that time. Mr. Saligram will be based out of the Company's head office in Vancouver.
"We are very pleased to welcome Ravi Saligram to Ritchie Bros. as CEO. Ravi is a proven leader and an experienced chief executive within the business services sector, and has an impressive track record of driving revenue and profit growth at customer-service focused organizations," said Robert Murdoch, Chairman of the Board, on behalf of all board members. "Ravi's recognized talent for cultivating strong corporate cultures and his extensive global business experience will benefit Ritchie Bros. significantly as we enter our next phase of growth."
Mr. Saligram earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and an electrical engineering degree from Bangalore University, his 35-year professional career includes three years as President and Chief Executive Officer of OfficeMax and more than 20 years of general management experience at ARAMARK, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and SC Johnson. Mr. Saligram has lived in five countries and worked in many more across five continents. He is noted for his ability to lead consumer, B-to-B and digital businesses and has considerable experience running global, multi-unit service organizations and overseeing large sales teams.
"Ritchie Bros.' leading market position, deep operational expertise in unreserved auctions and highly engaged team committed to customer service attracted me to this role," said Mr. Saligram. "I am excited by the opportunity to further grow the core business in both North America and internationally, and scale new e-based business models to provide comprehensive solutions to customers. I look forward to partnering with our team to make Ritchie Bros. the premier global equipment solutions company."