Last week, APCO Holdings — home to EasyCare, National Auto Care (NAC), GWC Warranty, and MemberCare brands of automotive and RV products — announced that Kumar Kathinokkula has joined the F&I provider and administrator as chief technology officer.

The company highlighted Kathinokkula brings more than 30 years of experience in IT and product management with deep expertise in the F&I industry.

“Kumar’s an expert in our industry and will be an excellent addition to our executive leadership team,” APCO Holdings CEO Tony Wanderon said in a news release. “With his experience pioneering technology in the F&I space, we are excited to show our valued clients how we continue to push boundaries and offer forward-thinking solutions.”

Previously, Kathinokkula cofounded F&I Administration Solutions, which developed one of the first SaaS F&I product administration platforms for all F&I products.

After several years of rapid growth and a merger with another F&I solutions provider, Kathinokkula served as chief operations officer and board member for the combined entity.

After a private equity buyout in 2020, Kathinokkula has funded new ventures that seek to bring AI and digital technologies into the F&I product administration space.

“I am very excited to drive APCO’s digital strategy to deliver modern, efficient, and innovative services and experiences to our customers — both internal and external,” Kathinokkula said. “I believe my experience and skills are uniquely suited to the role.”