Gary Watkins is the Digital Services & International Markets, CIO for KAR Auction Services, headquartered in Carmel, Indiana. He is responsible for the digital transformation of several key ancillary operating units by combining existing physical resources with new digital assets to create new revenue models by delivering innovative value streams to customers. Additionally, he is leading the technology efforts for KAR’s international expansion of selected business capabilities into neglected & emerging markets around the world.
Gary has a +20-year career in Information Technology with experience in international banking, retail/ecommerce sales, health care and the automotive industry. Gary has had the opportunity to play a vast number of roles within the IT industry. Most notably, Gary has been an advocate and leader in the Enterprise Architecture field, helping organizations translate their business vision and strategy into effective organizational change models that deliver their organization’s future state. He has been instrumental in unifying technology and business leaders across organizations and developing a culture and team of highly effective leaders.
Gary enjoys mentoring and coaching young IT professionals, hoping to inspire and develop the next generation of IT leaders within our community. Gary is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and Co-Chair of the Indianapolis CXO Executive Summit. He and his teams have been recognized with the following honors and awards:
CIO 100 (2016)
Digital Edge 25 (2015)
Information Week Elite 100 (2014)
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Ball State University and currently resides in Westfield, IN with his wife Sarah, and their two daughters, Cora and Ava.