Retired BMO Automotive Finance executive Ray O’Kane has joined Motoinsight as the growing company’s new executive chair.
The move, explains Motoinsight CEO Andrew Tai, will see O’Kane advocate for current clients and partners and play an integral part in the growth and development of the next-generation MotoCommerce digital automotive retailing platform.
“Ray’s experience and insights will be invaluable to us as we continue our own rapid growth,” Tai wrote in an email to auto industry personnel.
“His appointment is timely and coincides with our recent realignment of our parent brand to Motoinsight.”
Tai said the Motoinsight brand better reflects the company’s full suite of enterprise products and solutions, a stable that has grown to extend far beyond the original consumer websites that remain an important part of the business.
He noted they now maintain partnerships with the likes of Consumer Reports, Kijiji New Cars, Reader’s Digest, Allstate Insurance, Canadian Black Book and others.
Many in the auto industry might be more familiar with the group’s first and ongoing venture, Unhaggle, which was started in 2011 by Tai, Radek Garbowski and Neal Shah.
The automotive pricing and data website has evolved over the years and grown to include additional tools and offerings.
O’Kane brings a wealth of automotive knowledge to the position, having worked at BMO for more than four decades. He retired in July as the bank’s V-P of OEM strategy and development in automotive finance.