TrueCar CEO Scott Painter to Leave Post by Year’s End

Posted by at 12:48 pm on August 7, 2015

Scott PainterScott Painter, founder of the online car-shopping site TrueCar Inc., will step down as CEO of the company later this year.

TrueCar said a successor is expected to take office by year end. Painter, 46, will remain chairman of the company’s board of directors.

“After a decade of building TrueCar from an idea into a public company,” Painter said in a statement, “I have come to the conclusion reached by many founders and entrepreneurs in my position: It is time for a change.”

Christopher Claus, a TrueCar director since April 2014, has been named lead independent director and will focus on the board’s search for a new CEO.

Claus will also help build ties with USAA, a group of companies that provides insurance, banking, investments and retirement products to current and former members of the U.S. military. Claus is a former senior executive with USAA, a key business partner and TrueCar’s largest shareholder.

“I am honored to begin serving as the lead independent director and look forward to working closely with the leadership team to build upon and execute the vision that Scott has created, as well as maintain a strong partnership with the company’s largest affinity partner, USAA,” Claus said in a statement.

The company’s announcement made no mention of President John Krafcik or whether he could be a candidate for the top job.

Krafcik, former CEO and president of Hyundai Motor America, joined the TrueCar board of directors in February 2014 and was named president of the company in April 2014.

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