ADESA Names Director of Communications

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CARMEL, Ind., August 21, 2014 – Carmel, Ind.-based KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR), a provider of used vehicle auction services, announced today that Darci Valentine has been promoted to ADESA Director of Communications.

In her role as director of communications, Valentine will oversee and execute integrated corporate communications, including media relations, marketing, copywriting, brand management and digital media, including the company’s multiple social media channels. She will also manage and maintain all relationships with the company’s public relations agency partners.

Valentine has been with ADESA since 2006. In 2008, she was promoted to communications manager, and, in 2012, she was named senior manager of communications and digital media.

“Darci is an important member of the ADESA communications team as a result of her proven abilities, her capacity to build relationships across departments and locations and her dedication to ADESA,” said Carol Sewell, vice president of marketing. “Her strong capabilities and understanding of how all components converge into an effective communications plan will continue to drive our company’s profile both internally and externally.”

Valentine has 20 years of experience in the communications field. She has held various management roles at magazines such as Hardware Retailing, the monthly trade magazine from the North American Retail Hardware Association; and ISBA Journal, the quarterly trade magazine from the Indiana School Boards Association. She also served as editor of 12 monthly publications serving more than 120,000 members of Angie’s List nationwide. Valentine earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in journalism from Ball State University.

KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) operates used vehicle auction services for North American sellers and worldwide buyers. Based in Carmel, Ind., the KAR group of companies is comprised of ADESA, Inc. (ADESA), Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), and additional business units, with nearly 13,000 employees across the globe. Together, KAR’s complementary businesses provide technology and logistics for the used vehicle lifecycle. For more information, visit  

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