Black Widow hires former ADESA chief technology officer

O’FALLON, Mo. – 

Black Widow reinforced its leadership on Tuesday with a technology expert who arrives from ADESA.

The automated imaging company with a drive-through camera system that can capture images and 360-degree virtual tours within seconds named Chris Dillow as chief technology officer.

Black Widow said Dillow, who brings more than 30 years of enterprise information technology experience to his new role, will ensure its information systems continue to scale with the company’s rapid growth in the automotive remarketing space.  

Through high-end image technology, Black Widow emphasized that it’s focused on helping auctions and dealers become increasingly more efficient while enhancing the quality, consistency and timeliness of the online experience.

“Chris joins our team at the perfect time,” Black Widow chief executive officer Jason Hauk said in a news release. “Technology is the cornerstone of what we do.

“Chris’ deep experience and proven track record as a leading technology executive in our space will accelerate Black Widow’s already advanced imaging systems to enable dealers, auctions, service departments and rental companies to transact, verify and build trust with their customers in the digital world we now all work in,” Hauk continued.

Most recently, Dillow was chief technology officer for ADESA. In that role, his leadership helped the company moved into the digital world by implementing high quality, more efficient and consistent imaging of auction inventory. 

Black Widow mentioned Dillow also was instrumental in bringing ADESA’s inventory to the cloud.

“I am thrilled about joining Black Widow at a time when the auto remarketing space has leapt into the digital world,” Dillow said.  “Black Widow’s impressive imaging technology is a critical component in a world where auctions and dealer are increasingly relying on stellar imagery to transact with confidence and assurance.” 

Prior to joining ADESA Dillow worked for several business units at KAR Global. His automotive technology career began as IT manager for AutoVIN, a field and auction inspection company where he rose to the position of chief technology officer.  

Dillow began his career in 1990 designing hardware and software for ADS/Mobile Security, which developed and brought to market one of the first automotive GPS-based tracking and alarm systems.

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