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Ritchie Bros. names Ravi Saligram new CEO


June 25, 2014
By Rock to Road

June 16, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. – Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ravi Saligram as the
Company's new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Saligram will succeed Peter Blake,
who will be leaving the Company in July. It is expected that Mr. Saligram will
assume his new role as CEO on July 7 and will be appointed as a member of the
board of directors of the Company at that time.

June 16, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. – Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ravi Saligram as the
Company's new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Saligram will succeed Peter Blake,
who will be leaving the Company in July. It is expected that Mr. Saligram will
assume his new role as CEO on July 7 and will be appointed as a member of the
board of directors of the Company at that time.

 

“We are very pleased to welcome Ravi Saligram to Ritchie
Bros. as CEO. Ravi is a proven leader and an experienced chief executive within
the business services sector, and has an impressive track record of driving
revenue and profit growth at customer-service focused organizations,” said
Robert Murdoch, Chairman of the Board, on behalf of all board members. “Ravi’s
recognized talent for cultivating strong corporate cultures and his extensive
global business experience will benefit Ritchie Bros. significantly as we enter
our next phase of growth.”

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Mr. Saligram’s 35-year professional career includes three
years as President and Chief Executive Officer of OfficeMax and more than 20
years of general management experience at ARAMARK, Intercontinental Hotels
Group, and SC Johnson. Mr. Saligram has lived in five countries and worked in
many more across five continents. He is noted for his ability to lead consumer,
B-to-B and digital businesses and has considerable experience running global,
multi-unit service organizations and overseeing large sales teams.

 

“Ritchie Bros.’ leading market position, deep operational
expertise in unreserved auctions and highly engaged team committed to customer
service attracted me to this role,” said Mr. Saligram. “I am excited by the
opportunity to further grow the core business in both North America and
internationally, and scale new e-based business models to provide comprehensive
solutions to customers. I look forward to partnering with our team to make
Ritchie Bros. the premier global equipment solutions company.”

 

In November 2010, Mr. Saligram joined OfficeMax as Chief
Executive Officer, where he drove innovation and evolved the company from an
office products distributor to an omnichannel provider of workplace products,
services and solutions. He successfully championed the merger with Office Depot,
which was consummated in November 2013.

 

Prior to his role at OfficeMax, Mr. Saligram served as
President of ARAMARK International, and Executive Vice President and Chief
Globalization Officer of ARAMARK Corporation, a world leading professional
services company focused on food services and facilities management. Under his
leadership, revenue and operating profits doubled at ARAMARK International in
seven years.

Mr. Saligram has held senior leadership positions with
InterContinental Hotels Group, including: President of Brands and Franchise for
North America; Chief Marketing Officer; President, International; and,
President, Asia Pacific. He also held brand and general management roles within
S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., and began his career in advertising with Leo
Burnett Company in Chicago, where he developed his relentless desire to meet
and exceed customer needs. Mr. Saligram earned an MBA from the University of
Michigan and an electrical engineering degree from Bangalore University.


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