This morning, AutoTrader.com announced the departure of Chip Perry as Chief Executive Officer of AutoTrader Group.
He was AutoTrader.com’s first employee in 1997. Since then, AutoTrader.com has grown to become the world’s largest automotive marketplace, and Perry has become widely recognized as a pioneer of the online automotive industry. Chip led the company through the acquisitions af Kelley Blue Book, vAuto, HomeNet Automotive, and in 2011, VinSolutions through 2010-2011.
I’ve spoken to Chip many times over different industry events and dinners. Despite some of the publicized opinions of AutoTrader.com that would run rampant here on DealerRefresh, Chip was always a gentlemen and would go out of his way to say Hello.
Who is and/or what is next for AutoTrader.com?