Karl Werner was named Co-CEO of Ritchie Bros. in October 2019, assuming this role in addition to his current position of President, International, leading the Company's growing international business unit that includes Europe, the Middle East, LATAM, India, Africa, Australia and Asia Pacific.
Karl started his career in 1996 at Ritchie Bros. learning the business by starting as a Territory Manager in the Pacific Northwest including Alaska, then rising through the sales organization before relocating to Ritchie Bros. corporate headquarters to lead global process reengineering projects and ultimately live auction operations as Chief Auction Operations Officer. In this role he championed customer experience improvements to benefit both sellers and buyers at 300+ annual yearly auctions. Throughout his Ritchie Bros. career, Karl has been a pioneer of technology and process improvements, including leading a team to build its proprietary online bidding system.
Prior to Ritchie Bros., Karl was an entrepreneur who owned and operated multiple successful businesses in real estate development, heavy haul transportation, and aviation.
Karl held various board seats for Ritchie Bros. including Xcira, a simulcast auction technology company, uShip, an online marketplace for shipping services, and was a founding board member of Ritchie Bros. Financial Services.