Executives and directors

View Executive Team profiles below or learn about our corporate governance, including our Board of Directors.

Ravi Saligram

Ravi Saligram - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and director of the board

Ravi Saligram was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a director of Ritchie Bros. in July 2014. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Mr. Saligram was CEO, President and a member of the board of directors of OfficeMax Incorporated, (2010 – 2013), an omnichannel provider of workplace products, services and solutions. From 2003 through November 2010, Mr. Saligram served in executive management positions with ARAMARK Corporation, a global food services company, including President of ARAMARK International and Chief Globalization Officer and Executive Vice President of ARAMARK Corporation. From 1994 through 2002, Mr. Saligram served in various capacities for the InterContinental Hotels Group, a global hospitality company, including: President of Brands and Franchise for North America; Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director, Global Strategy; President, International; and, President, Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career, Mr. Saligram held various general and brand management roles at S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in the United States and overseas. Mr. Saligram earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an electrical engineering degree from Bangalore University, India. Mr. Saligram serves on the board of Church & Dwight Co., Inc., and sits on its Governance Committee.

Jim Barr

Jim Barr – Group President, Emerging Businesses, Brand Innovation and Technology Services

Jim Barr was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at OfficeMax, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company's e-commerce business and for driving its multi-channel digital strategy. Mr. Barr has successfully developed and executed strategies to drive profitable growth in several senior level e-commerce positions. He has served as President of Sears Holdings Corporations' online division where he held full P&L accountability for multi-channel strategy and online sites such as sears.com and kmart.com, significantly growing these businesses. Prior to joining Sears, Mr. Barr held positions of increasing responsibility at Microsoft for 12 years, most recently serving as General Manager, Commerce & Marketplaces, where he launched and led several marketplace businesses, including comparison shopping, auctions, online classifieds listings and the Windows Marketplace; and General Manager, Business Development, MSN.

Mr. Barr is a graduate of Miami University and received a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Sharon Driscoll

Sharon Driscoll – Chief Financial Officer

Sharon Driscoll joined Ritchie Bros. in July 2015 as Chief Financial Officer, following 17 years of senior executive experience at companies such as Rexall Pharmacies Canada (Katz Group Canada), Sears Canada Inc. and Loblaw Companies Limited.  Most recently, Sharon was Executive Vice President and CFO at Katz Group Canada Ltd., where she was responsible for all financial operations, including capital allocation, financing strategies, treasury operations, regulatory compliance, risk management and financial talent development.  Prior to Katz Group, Ms. Driscoll was Senior Vice President and CFO of Sears Canada Inc., one of Canada's largest retailers.

Ms. Driscoll is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen's University.

Karl Werner

Karl Werner – Chief Operational Support & Development Officer, Interim Managing Director, Middle East

Karl Werner joined Ritchie Bros. in 1996 as Territory Manager for the Olympic Peninsula and Alaska. In 1999 he was appointed to Regional Manager for the Northwest US and in 2004 transferred to the company's corporate head office as Senior Manager, Strategic Projects. In 2005 he was appointed to Divisional Manager, Auction Operations. In 2008 he was appointed to VP of Auction Operations and most recently held the position of Chief Auction Operations Officer.

Mr. Werner came to Ritchie Bros. after 10 years of operating a heavy-haul transport company. He has a strong background in real estate development and operations management. Karl sits on advisory boards for various strategic partners.

Todd Wohler

Todd Wohler - Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Wohler joined Ritchie Bros. in January 2015, and brings over 20 years of experience across multiple geographies and industries. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, Todd began his career at Schlumberger, a global oil and gas technology company, where he worked in many different branches of the company in the US, Paris, and London during his 20 year tenure. Todd has also served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Quintiles Transnational, as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at ARAMARK for ARAMARK's international business, and as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at United Water. Over the course of his career Todd has been instrumental in building global teams and organizations that have excellent track records of success. He has developed and implemented transformational HR strategies and recruited hundreds of executives and leaders for organizations across the globe in multiple industries.

Randy Wall

Randy Wall – President, Canada

Randy Wall has been with Ritchie Bros. since 1988 and has held numerous head office and field management positions with the Company, including Manager of Auction Site Development, Manager of Training, Territory Manager, Managing Director of European and Middle Eastern Operations, and Senior Vice President responsible for the Company's operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Eastern half of North America. In 2002, Mr. Wall was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Randy served as President of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers from 2005 to 2008, then enjoyed a brief semi-retirement (during which he continued his involvement with the company in sales training and Board advisory capacities) before re-joining the Company full time in 2013 as Chief Productivity Officer.

Mr. Wall is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros. he worked several years with predecessor firms of KPMG as a Senior Tax Manager.

Jeroen Rijk

Jeroen Rijk – SVP, Managing Director, Europe

Jeroen Rijk has held progressively more senior roles at Ritchie Bros. since he began at company in 1995.  Most recently Mr. Rijk was Group Senior Vice President, Sales – Europe, and oversaw all sales and operations activities for Ritchie Bros. in 15 countries across Europe.  He was instrumental in building Ritchie Bros.' business in Southern Europe and developing a team of strong sales leaders in the region.  His past roles at the Company span many functions, including sales management, sales, yard operations and accounting.

Mr. Rijk has a Master's of Science degree in International Transport from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, as well as Bachelor degrees specializing in management. He speaks Dutch, English and Spanish fluently, and also understands German.

Kieran Holm

Kieran Holm – VP, Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Kieran Holm has over a decade of experience with Ritchie Bros., beginning his career at the company in 2004 in the marketing department.  Mr. Holm has held progressively more senior positions, including Area Manager in Texas; Regional Manager in Chicago; and most recently, Vice President of Sales, North Central U.S.   Kieran has developed and executed strong sales growth strategies, managed high-performing sales teams and spearheaded Ritchie Bros.' expansion into auctioning real-estate assets.

Mr. Holm holds an MBA, specializing in finance, from McGill University, earned at the University's Tokyo, Japan, campus; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria (Canada). He speaks English, Japanese and French.

Frank Roth

Frank Roth - SVP, Strategic Growth Initiatives

Frank Roth joined Ritchie Bros. on March 3, 2016 as SVP Strategic Growth. Mr. Roth has over 30 years of success driving profitable growth leveraging his Sales & Marketing experience. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros. Mr. Roth was most recently VP Sales & Marketing at BlueLine Rental and has held executive positions at GE, Honeywell, PepsiCo & United Rentals.

Education/Professional Designations: BS Marketing, Texas Christian University.

Becky Alseth

Becky Alseth - Chief Marketing Officer

Becky Alseth joined Ritchie Bros. as its Chief Marketing Officer in January 2016. Before Ritchie Bros., Ms. Alseth led the U.S. marketing team at Avis Budget Group. In that role, she oversaw all marketing efforts including brand strategy and insights, advertising and media, partnerships, CRM and ecommerce. Ms. Alseth started her career working in progressive brand management roles at Fortune 500 companies including The Clorox Company, Nestle and Diageo. Ms. Alseth also had the opportunity to grow start-up businesses, move.com, Therasense and HZO, plus lead marketing and development for a non-profit, FIRST, which works to interest kids in careers in math and science. A native of Montana, Ms. Alseth earned her Bachelor of Science in Society & Technology from Montana Tech and an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business in Seattle.

Marianne Marck

Marianne Marck – Chief Information Officer

Marianne Marck joined Ritchie Bros. as Chief Information Officer in April of 2016. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros, Ms. Marck was Senior Vice President, Retail and Digital Technology at Starbucks Coffee Company. Ms. Marck has over 15 years of executive experience relating to technology and digital platforms working with companies such as Blue Nile Inc., the Walt Disney Internet Group, and CNET Networks.

Education/Professional Designations: BA, Mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Darren Watt

Darren Watt - Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Darren Watt joined the Company in 2004 as in-house legal counsel. In 2012, Mr. Watt was promoted to Vice President Legal Affairs, and in 2013 was appointed General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. On August 29, 2016, Mr. Watt was promoted to Senior Vice President & General Counsel. Prior to joining the Company Mr. Watt practiced with McCarthy Tétrault LLP (1998 − 2004) as an Associate lawyer in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities. Mr. Watt is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and holds a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree (International Relations) from the University of Toronto.