Chief Executive Officer and President
As one of the original members of Cars.com, Alex Vetter has helped shape the company from its initial concept into a leading online automotive destination, steering the organization's growth strategy while serving in a variety of executive roles. Vetter took the reins as Chief Executive Officer and President of Cars.com in November 2014 following the tenure of founding President Mitch Golub. In his role, Vetter assumes a wide range of responsibilities, including overseeing the company's strategic direction, business development and financial performance, as well as daily operations and product development.
Through Vetter's leadership, Cars.com has grown to over 1,300 employees that serve every local market in the United States. He has operated in nearly every capacity at Cars.com, spanning product development, customer service, training, operations and sales. Through his work, Vetter has helped establish a vibrant local marketplace for cars, enabling e-commerce activities with more than 20,000 retailers and every manufacturer, all whom connect with site users on a daily basis.
Vetter is also an active technology investor and sits on the boards of several digital technology companies, including RepairPal.com, a leading marketplace for service and repair.
Mitch Golub joined Cars.com in July 1997 as the organization's first employee and went on to serve as its President for 18 years. In October 2014, Golub made the decision to step down as President and currently serves as a senior advisor to the leadership team while his longtime business partner, Alex Vetter, transitions into the role
Golub's primary focus as President was to execute the strategy of Cars.com, build product portfolios and maintain industry leadership. As advisor, he provides counsel to ensure the company's sales, marketing, product development, media and business development areas are closely aligned with the company's vision and positioned for sustainable growth.
Golub's tenure with Cars.com began after a successful 20-year career with the Tribune Co. While with Tribune, he leveraged his extensive background in product management to help the company's new business initiatives, including the creation and management of start-ups in print, broadcast and online. Golub also held a leadership role in Tribune's emerging New Media Group, where key accomplishments included the creation and launch of Digital City, in partnership with America Online. In recognition of his contributions, he received the Tribune Co.'s first Values Award, presented in appreciation of business achievements demonstrating creativity and entrepreneurialism.
As a result of his expertise and pioneer status, Golub has participated in a variety of industry panels, workshops and speaking engagements. He has been a featured speaker at the Driving Sales Executive Summit, the Forrester Automotive Summit and J.D. Power's Roundtable. Additionally, he provides frequent commentary and analysis to publications such as <i>Automotive News</i>, <i>NADA's Auto Exec</i>, <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.
Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer, Linda leads marketing for all Cars.com channels - dealer, manufacturer, major accounts and consumer. Ultimately, she is responsible
for developing and executing marketing strategy to drive online advertising sales to automotive manufacturers and local dealers. Bringing a new focus to
integration, insights and digital media, Linda's leadership has yielded an eight point jump in Cars.com's brand awareness, as well as the launch of a
fully-integrated, 360-degree marketing campaign, "<em><strong>ALL DRIVE.</strong></em> No drama.," that
produced a considerable rise in traffic and audience acquisition. Driving the company's industry-leader status, Linda's team conducts extensive research on
digital and automotive trends, from shopper behavior to social outreach. Armed with these insights, Cars.com consults with dealers and automakers, shaping new
products to solve evolving customer problems and helping position advertisers for greater growth.
Prior to Cars.com, Linda was the Director, Marketing Communications & Brand, with BP US Fuels Value Chain. In Linda's role at BP, she was responsible for managing
the brand for the Fuels business in the U.S. in addition to strategic development and execution of marketing communication strategies both through the consumer
channels and the B2B distributor network. Linda led the marketing communication and public relations strategy for the U.S. Fuels business in response to the Gulf
of Mexico crisis, developing the messaging platform of "Locally owned and locally operated" whereby local distributors were able to educate the public on their
locally owned status in the wake of the situation.
Earlier in her career, Linda led a series of marketing and brand initiatives in both the B2B/B2C channels in global businesses such as GE and AAR. Linda began her
career with Ameritech New Media focusing on Public Affairs and negotiating new franchise agreements for a start-up business.
Linda's specialty is integrated brand management and driving 360-degree marketing planning and delivery. With experience in managing complex distribution
channels, multiple audiences and emerging trends and technologies, Linda works to bring brands to life through a multi-faceted, seamless marketing approach that
builds brand strength and consistency.
Senior Vice President, Product & Chief Information Officer
In his role as Senior Vice President of Product and Chief Information Officer, William Swislow oversees all aspects of the Cars.com product and technology teams.
He has guided the site's development since its inception in 1997.
Before joining Cars.com, Swislow held several roles within the Chicago Tribune, including interactive marketplaces editor. During his tenure, Swislow managed the
launch of the company's first editorial website. Prior to his time with Tribune, he served as managing editor of the Society of Professional Journalists' Quill
Magazine and of four alternative weeklies in New England. Swislow also spent two years as an editor at Dow Jones News Service.
Swislow received his Bachelor's Degree in Government from Harvard University and a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University. In addition to his role
at Cars.com, he operates the cultural website interestingideas.com.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Bob Gallagher is responsible for the overall financial management at Cars.com, including the company's financial reporting.
He also oversees multiple corporate functions including Controller, Treasury, long-range planning and financial systems, as well as other strategic initiatives.
In addition to his CFO duties, Gallagher oversees the Operations function, a 170-person team with responsibility for fulfillment, customer service,
account management, and sales operations, as well as the Corporate Technology, the group responsible for network operations, data center, storage, telephony,
and the help desk. He also leads enterprise-wide efforts to continuously improve productivity and the competitiveness of the
company's business support functions.
Gallagher joined Cars.com in 2005. In addition to a public accounting background, Gallagher has over 20 years of experience in various financial leadership roles
with Ameritech, Andersen Consulting, and other internet companies.
Gallagher is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accountancy
and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. He also currently serves as a board member of NIU's Alumni Association.
Vice President of Strategy
Vice President of Strategy, Greg McGivney is responsible for the strategic direction of Cars.com. Critical to the company's success, McGivney's function leads
business development efforts, cultivates and maintains partnerships and alliances, and explores new revenue opportunities. McGivney also manages Cars.com's Santa
McGivney joined Cars.com in 2003 after leaving his role as Chief Operating Officer of By-Products Interactive, a $50 million agriculture brokerage and publishing
company. Prior to his role with By-Products, McGivney led teams as a manager in the strategy consulting practice with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and also held
strategy and corporate finance positions at Waste Management.
Originally from Wisconsin, McGivney is a graduate of Marquette University and received his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern
University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Vice President of Product
As Vice President of Product, Barbara Mousigian is responsible for defining Cars.com's product strategy and ensuring it delivers rich value to all constituents.
Barbara oversees the development, launch and sustainability of new products by aligning with the organization's marketing, sales and finance groups to achieve
full integration and strong growth.
Prior to joining Cars.com, Barbara led strategy and day-to-day operations for CDW's multi-billion-dollar e-commerce business, including mobile, search engine
marketing and social media. Before joining CDW in 2006 she spent time at Digitas, Frito-Lay, Accenture and Bain & Co., among other companies, where she worked
in sales, marketing and general management capacities.
Barbara is a native of New York City, specifically the Bronx. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and her MBA in strategy
and marketing from the University of Chicago.
Vice President of Technology
As Vice President of Technology, Kevin is responsible for all technology areas, including IT architecture, product development, quality assurance,
systems engineering and enterprise services, as well as providing overall technology direction to the entire organization. Known for his technical savvy,
strategic thinking and firm leadership , Kevin brings over 20 years of experience as a distinguished IT leader with a proven track record of adding value to
Prior to Cars.com, Kevin was Director of Internet Marketing Technology at Allstate Insurance where he was responsible for the Allstate.com platform and
consistently creating and delivering technical capabilities to enable business growth and customer value via the website.
Kevin has worked with some of Chicago's most prestigious companies including United Airlines, McDonald's Corp., and CNA Insurance. Throughout his career, Kevin
has successfully applied technology as a business enabler, improved IT productivity, and has enjoyed the privilege of building and leading exceptional high
At CNA Insurance, Kevin took on many roles including IT Relationship Director, Chief of Technology for a CNA startup venture, and Web Services Application Director.
He directed the development of an internet strategy and delivered leading edge web-enabled initiatives that provided CNA with a competitive advantage in the
marketplace. Additionally, he improved the efficiency of the IT delivery process to enable consistency, predictability, and speed to market.
Kevin graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Applied Technical Studies. He resides in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with his wife, Debby and son,
Vice President of Sales
As Vice President of Direct Sales for Cars.com, John Clavadetscher oversees the company's local direct and major account business, which includes managing strategic
relationships with more than 8,000 local auto dealers and partnerships with national dealer groups. John is responsible for setting the sales and customer
acquisition and service strategy, ensuring the company meets aggressive revenue and retention goals. He currently oversees a team of more than 450 sales personnel nationwide.
John strives to create an environment that enables his team to succeed through training, development and communication, turning them into consultants that make car
shopping and selling a great experience for dealer customers.
John received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1995, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a member of the Division I varsity
crew team, traveling and competing internationally. In his spare time, John is focused on education. His wife, Carol, co-runs a local charter school, and John
himself is on the Council of Regents at Loyola University Chicago. John currently resides in Chicago, is married and has three children.
Vice President of Human Resources
As Vice President of Human Resources, Denise is responsible for the strategic direction of all human capital programs and processes and leading all human resources
teams which include the Employee Relations, Benefits and Compensation, Recruiting, Organizational Development and Employee Communications. Working
cross-functionally to support all businesses, Denise leverages HR as a strategic function, building dynamic and relevant leadership programs and initiatives to
empower managers and encourage internal career movement, creating a company brand and culture that attracts and retains the best talent.
Denise joined Cars.com in 2012. Prior to that, Denise served as Chief Human Resources Officer for proprietary trading firm Sun Trading LLC, where she
reengineered the talent acquisition model, introduced new total compensation platforms, built training and development programs and defined strategic plans as
part of the senior management team. With 25 years of HR experience, Denise has primarily held senior internal HR leadership roles across a variety of industries
including publishing, ecommerce, software development and financial services, as well as experience in human capital consulting and executive search.
Denise earned her Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois (Champaign) and her organizational development /human resources-concentrated MBA
from Northwestern University. She serves on the board of the Illinois Technology Association and is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University in Evanston
where she created and now teaches a career development course for engineering students at the McCormick School of Engineering. Denise lives in Chicago with her
husband and their three children.
Chief Legal Officer
As Chief Legal Officer, Michael Cronin is responsible for oversight of all corporate legal matters, including intellectual property, litigation management,
mergers and acquisitions, employment law, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and day-to-day management of the Cars.com Legal team.
Cronin joined the company in 2007 as Counsel, responsible for negotiation and drafting of IP licenses, content syndication deals, vendor and customer agreements,
and affiliate and channel sales agreements. In addition, he supported cross-functional teams in designing and rolling out major Cars.com product initiatives,
while managing legal risks proactively and helping to achieve time-to-market goals.
Cronin has 15 years' experience with technology firms as in-house counsel. Prior to joining Cars.com, his experience includes
roles as senior staff attorney for global telecoms and Tier 1 internet provider Level 3 Communications, Inc., and staff attorney for Wolfram Research, Inc.,
the world's leading developer of technical computing software. He earned his B.A. from Columbia College, Chicago, and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School,
also in Chicago.
<p>A native of Los Angeles, I have worked as a newspaperman for most of the past two decades in both the Chicago and L.A. areas. As Cars.com's EIC, I work with this great team to bring you all the news, research and advice you'll need to buy your next car. I'm not a gearhead, but more of a fan of how cars are becoming smarter, more comfortable and more fun.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1985 Toyota pickup with absolutely no options, including no rear bumper</p>
<p>After six years in the magazine business, I made the jump to web publishing in 1995 to apply my experience with photography, video and the written word. I joined the Cars.com launch team in 1997 and, well, time flies.</p><p>I'd say my emphasis is cutting through marketing claims and technobabble to determine what really matters to car buyers. Nothing tees me off more than supposed improvements that degrade the driving experience. I'm the harshest critic of transmission performance that you're ever likely to meet, and I remain baffled by the SUV craze, but I judge all vehicles on their own merit. If I have a shortcoming, it's a blindness to the image aspect of vehicles. SUVs and sports cars don't make you cool, and minivans don't make you lame. Many people, and the entire state of California, clearly disagree.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> My first car was a 1971 Oldsmobile Delta 88 whose 455-cubic-inch engine awoke the car nut in me - and made me a big-block snob for eternity. I survived more than 10 years owning a '79 Fiat Spider I bought from Tom ("Click") Magliozzi from NPR's Car Talk, which I recently replaced with the "tuna boat," a 1984 Mercedes 300D turbo diesel. I keep a 2002 Mazda Miata SE as a reliable backup.</p>
<p>I've gone from editing Cars.com's news blog KickingTires and Ask.Cars.com to overseeing not only the stories you see on our site but also how we reach car shoppers via social media. Like the rest of our team, I try to keep my hands in a bit of everything and review new cars, take part in our Shootouts and even 'star' in a video or two. I have a thing for station wagons and own a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 VW Passat wagon. Secretly, though, I lust for a BMW M3 and lately have fallen for the Infiniti JX.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1989 Ford Probe</p>
<p>I handle the Buying Guides and parts of the Research channel here, in addition to writing Weekend Athlete for KickingTires. I've moved all over the place, both as a kid and as a former newspaperman. I like any car that carries my bike, skis and camping gear.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1973 Volkswagen Beetle</p>
<p>I'm a married urban mom with two busy boys, ages 6 and 10. On the weekends, I can be found navigating Chicago's streets in my 2007 Honda Fit Sport, though I'm thinking of upgrading to something bigger that can handle my kids' sports gear. I spend my weekdays editing stories and installing child-safety seats into test cars for our Car Seat Checks. My miniscule amount of downtime is spent playing baseball or video games with my kids.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> Ford Escort, no idea of the year</p>
<p>I manage the Cars.com's multimedia team. I have my hands in all forms of digital media in the office, but I'm a car junkie at heart. I've been to every Chicago Auto Show since I was 3, and I can only keep a car for about two years before the need for something different gets the best of me. I've been fortunate to combine my passion for video production and my love of cars here at Cars.com. I began my career at Cars.com after graduating from Bradley University, but during college I ran my own car detailing business called 'A Touch of Hollywood.'</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1990 Toyota SR5 pickup truck named Mabel</p>
<p>I'm the Senior Family Editor at Cars.com and the mom of two amazing girls, ages 9 and 11, and an adorable stepdaughter, age 7. My mom-mobile is whatever car I'm testing, and that's what you'll see me driving when I take the girls to dance classes, piano lessons or school. How's that for mixing work and family time? I do manage to find time for simple indulgences like bubble baths, yoga or an hour with a good book, and I relish the time I spend with my girls. They still kiss me when I drop them off at school, so I'm a happy mama.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> A red 1985 GMC Jimmy S10 with a rusty white stripe down the side and a personalized license plate that read "QUEPASA." What can I say? I'm a recovering nerd who left high school early every day to attend Spanish classes at the local university.</p>
<p>I'm a veteran automotive journalist with 25 years of experience. I've worked at Four Wheeler magazine, including two years as editor. In 2000, I joined Motor Trend as its expert on all things pickup, SUV and four-wheel drive. In addition, I became editor at Truck Trend. Before joining PickupTrucks.com, I was a freelance automotive expert, loaning out my writing and enthusiast-market expertise to outlets such as Motor Trend, Popular Mechanics, PickupTrucks.com, Amazon.com and several others. I was a Motor Press Guild board member for several years, and I'm also a longtime soccer coach, most recently finishing my ninth season as the local junior high head coach. I live in Southern California with my wife and enjoy camping, hiking, skiing, big trucks and towing, and back-country 4x4 driving.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1966 Volkswagen Beetle</p>
<p>I'm the resident answer guy for Ask.cars.com and am always in the thick of new cars and industry news to answer our readers' questions. I'm a hopeless gearhead, and even off the clock I'm infatuated with hot rods and fast cars. When I was 1, my dad propped me up in the driver's seat of his 1964 Corvette roadster... and it was all downhill from there. Before Cars.com, I attended an automotive technology school and worked in automotive service centers. I interned at the multicultural automotive publisher OnWheels Inc., where I got my first taste of auto shows from the media side. Going to public days will never be the same: What, no interpretive dancers around the new Camry? C'mon.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1990 Chevrolet Caprice Police Car. It still had the stripe and unit numbers down the side and on the back. It was large, loud and powerful, and I miss it like a lost dog.</p>
<p>After briefly writing for Racingone.com, I joined Cars.com in 2002. I've held a variety of positions since then and am currently one of the site's resident car reviewers. Though I often give high marks to cars with superb handling qualities, I have a soft spot for old Detroit land yachts. I also tend to prefer manual transmissions, though I'm thankful today's stick shifts are more refined than the one in the 1951 Willys Station Wagon that I learned on.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1975 Chevrolet Impala coupe</p>
<p>A Seattle native, my experience includes heading up the automotive section of a west Los Angeles weekly, as well as brief stints writing for Edmunds.com and TrulyHollywood.com. As my dilapidated 1994 Toyota Celica proves, I'm a stick-shift purist and bona fide car geek - no doubt explaining the serious imbalance in my time-spent-researching-camshafts to time-spent-dating ratio.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1994 Toyota Celica</p>
Detroit bureau chief
<p>I joined the Cars.com Editorial team in 2012 after a seven-year stint as an auto-industry analyst covering everything from new models to corporate strategy to sales trends. I've got more than 20 years in the auto industry, having worked in sales at Bosch Braking Systems and as a production buyer for Nissan as well. Now, I'm the Detroit Bureau Chief for Cars.com and a contributor to PickupTrucks.com. Personally, I'm a huge car guy, always have been. I grew up mostly in the Detroit area and come from an automotive family. The industry is in my blood, and my passion for it runs deep. I'm in Ann Arbor, Mich., and I bleed maize and blue!</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> An almost-new 1991 Ford Escort GT. It was bright red, had a five-speed stick, sunroof and rear seats that folded down to provide enough room to carry everything I owned off to college.</p>
<p>Born in Chicago, I've lived in the north and west suburbs for all but four years spent in journalism school at Indiana University. I worked for 20 years at the Chicago Sun-Times in a variety of editing positions before leaving to freelance and spend more time with my four smart and talented daughters/stepdaughters, who are now grown. For the last four years I served as the freelance assistant editor for the Sun-Times ToDrive section. Combine that with being raised by a car-crazy father and joining Cars.com as a copy editor feels like the perfect fit. With four kids - and now four dogs - to haul around, vans have been our preferred mode of transportation. We currently own our second GMC Safari (our previous vans were Fords) and use a Nissan Sentra for tooling around sans kids and dogs. Free time finds me playing/training/walking/hiking with our dogs, biking/boating/fishing with family and reading whenever I can.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1998 Honda Accord</p>
<p>I'm a Chicago 'lifer' and admitted word nerd who studied English at DePaul University and started my editorial career at Consumer Guide Automotive. I joined Cars.com in late 2011 as a reviewer and manager of the Kicking Tires blog. How I wound up in automotive journalism is something I still ask myself, often out loud, in moments of both awe (piloting a Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG through Napa Valley's twisties) and annoyance (slogging through rush-hour traffic in a Dodge Caliber).</p><p>"Though manual transmissions and I are in a good place now, I still have nightmares about how I learned stick: a crash course on a 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco during a cross-country road trip in 1999. A three-minute lesson and the open road are not a good combination; toll booths still make me nervous.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> I learned to drive on a 1995 Ford Contour and helped my then-boyfriend, now-husband buy a 1999 Saturn SL2 in 2002 and a 2003 Hyundai Elantra.</p>
<p>My first car had a wonderful safety feature: You could never lock your keys in it since you needed the key to lock it. When I got the car, there was one significant problem: I didn't know how to drive a stick. The lessons with my father didn't go well, but eventually I learned that life skill. And now, I only want to drive automatics.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1980 Pontiac Sunbird, very used</p>
<p>After a dozen years in the news business in roles ranging from daily newspaper reporter in Missouri to managing editor of suburban weeklies in Chicago, Cars.com was kind enough to let me hitch a ride with them as a news editor for the KickingTires blog. Proud grad of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. Lover of film, pop culture and Batman. Aspiring - and failing - surfer. Not a motorhead, but not a car-berater. (Oh, I like puns, too.)</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> hulking, brown 1987 Dodge Ram pickup truck handed down to me by my father when I was 16, which I promptly retrofitted with an obnoxious big-bass system with a pair of 16s in a gaudy speaker box behind the seat. One day I'll tell my children, "Kids, I can remember when Rams were made by Dodge."</p>
<p>As the primary videographer for Cars.com, shooting cars is second nature to me. In my role, I've been able to combine my two passions - media and cars. I've worked as an ASE-certified technician for both BMW and Mercedes-Benz while living on the East Coast. I graduated with a degree in electronic media and film from Towson University and began working as an assistant writer and production assistant for 'MotorWeek.' Whether it be the Rolls-Royce Phantom or Toyota Sienna, nothing brings me more satisfaction than infusing creativity into my shots to highlight the car or truck I'm shooting. If the viewer enjoys what he sees, I'm happy and know it was a job well done.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> Two Ford Mustangs that I modified during my high school years.</p>
<p>After graduating from the University of Iowa, I started at Cars.com as a multimedia intern. In my first week I shot video of a Jaguar XK convertible, so I knew this job was going to be a perfect fit. I mainly shoot, edit and appear in videos for the site. My 2007 Toyota Corolla - Steve Carella - has starred in multiple advice videos.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 2000 Ford Taurus</p>
<p>I've been a video editor for years with my first big freelance project focusing on the largest RV dealer network in America. I went on to work with both start-ups and large multinational corporations before joining Cars.com's multimedia team.</p><p>I taught myself how to drive manual, but failed my first driver's license test.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> My first vehicle was a 1993 Ford F-150; it was white with a pink pinstripe.</p>
<p>I've always been a gearhead. It could be from being born and raised in Motown, or perhaps it's because every bicycle or car I've owned has been a clunker and needed near-constant mechanical attention. Before joining Cars.com, I worked as an editorial and commercial photographer for more than 10 years, shooting for many Chicago-area publications and several national clients.</p><p><strong>First car:</strong> 1987 Honda Prelude</p>