ADESA, a business unit of KAR Auction Services announced that Amy Carlson was named vice president of finance operations and general manager of the ADESA business offices located in Mesa, Ariz., effective immediately. Carlson will report directly to Paul Lips, ADESA executive vice president of operations and finance. 

“Amy has proven to possess the strong leadership and management skills to successfully provide for our employees at this location as well as maintain high levels of service to our customers,” Lips said. “I look forward to working with her to support our business and customer needs.”


In her new role, Carlson will oversee all organizational functions, ranging from accounting and finance operations to administrative efficiency and best practices, as well as employee safety. She will lead the implementation of the company’s policies and procedures as well as provide direction to all employees on site.

Carlson brings more than 16 years of experience in finance, operations and business to her new role. She first joined the ADESA Mesa office, then known as OPENLANE, in 2009. During this time, she directed the company’s online post-sale operations throughout North America. This involved the management and execution of both new and existing programs to ensure proper data integration and a seamless customer experience. Carlson was also responsible for all finance operations, including compliance with both internal and external requirements.

Prior to joining ADESA, Carlson served as corporate controller for Arizona-based companies that were primarily in the semiconductor industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and is a licensed CPA.