Ravi Saligram, chief executive officer and board member of Ritchie Bros. has informed the auction company’s board of directors that he will step down from his positions effective Oct 1.
The board will now conduct a “thorough, thoughtful” search for Saligram’s successor and has engaged a leading executive search firm to assist in the process, which will consider both external and internal candidates.
“Over the past five years, Ravi has led the transformation of the company, building on its strength as a live auction company to become a world leader in providing solutions to customers for their equipment needs,” said Bev Briscoe, chair of the Ritchie Bros. board.
“With the acquisition of IronPlanet and its successful integration, Ravi leaves us with a robust platform and strategy firmly in place for continued profitable growth. Importantly, Ravi has assembled and developed a talented and diverse team that is deeply committed to the company, its customers and its values of integrity, teamwork and stakeholder value.
“A search is underway for a leader with a proven track record of execution to accelerate sustainable, profitable growth and take the company to new levels of success. The Board thanks Ravi for his exceptional leadership over these past five years and his commitment to working with the Board toward a smooth transition.”
Transforming Ritchie Bros.
Saligram was appointed CEO of Ritchie Bros. in July 2014 and has transformed the company by evolving the world’s largest onsite heavy equipment auctioneer into a relationship-based, technology-enabled and data-driven multi-channel asset management and disposition platform.
Under Saligram’s leadership, Ritchie Bros. was recognized as one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in 2018. Saligram plans to return to his family in the United States.
“Leading Ritchie Bros. has been both my passion and my honour. We have shifted the paradigm from being the world’s largest live auction company to a multi-channel, technology enabled equipment asset management and disposition platform,” Saligram said.
“We have built a strong foundation for the future with our live auction and online prowess, digital expertise and data analytics capabilities. We have formed the best management team in our industry, with a diversity of both people and thought to create exponential innovation, and teams that never lose sight of the customer as our anchor.”
He added his decision to leave the auction company has been difficult, and is motivated by personal and family considerations.
“But with the company on track to deliver strong earnings growth in 2019, the IronPlanet acquisition beginning to yield tangible value and a world-class platform with accelerating network effects in place, this is the right time for me to rejoin my family in the US, take on new career challenges and hand the baton to a new CEO to build on all we have accomplished as a team,” he said. “I am extremely enthusiastic about Ritchie Bros.’ prospects, and truly believe our best days are ahead of us.”
Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Saligram was CEO of OfficeMax, where he repositioned the company from an office products retailer to an omni-channel workplace service and solutions company. He also led the merger of Fortune 500 companies OfficeMax and Office Depot in 2013.
As well, Saligram has more than 20 years of senior management experience at Aramark, InterContinental Hotels Group and SC Johnson.