Derek Hansen is responsible for developing innovative digital solutions that make it easier for dealers to manage wholesale inventory and negotiate transactions. As a result, two individuals who have impacted Hansen the most specialize in skills necessary for him to do his job successfully.
“There are several people I admire professionally, but it definitely starts with my father,” Hansen said. “My father was an officer in the military, and he was a tremendous example of leadership, discipline and doing things the right way.
“Additionally, Clayton Christensen has been a huge influence in my career, both from his work in consulting and his work studying disruption and innovation,” Hansen continued. “I had the opportunity to meet him during my studies and appreciate the way he looks at business and at life.”
Hansen initially didn’t start his career in the automotive space, but his time in management consulting led to an understanding of various industries. Ultimately, Hansen landed several projects associated with vehicles.
“Once in the car business, I was hooked,” he said. “I love the fast-paced nature, the innovation and disruption that is occurring. There is an opportunity for businesses to drive growth as they improve the way cars are bought and sold.
Now Hansen has what he enjoys, an important position within Cox Automotive’s machine at Manheim.
Derek Hansen, Manheim
“There are several parts of my career that I am proud of including what we have been able to accomplish as a team this year at Manheim Digital,” Hansen said. “However, if I were to call out what I am most proud of at this point, it would be contributing to the formation of the growth strategy of Cox Automotive.
“The opportunity to work with a great team and across all aspects of the industry where Cox Automotive has a presence has been one of the highlights of my career,” he went on to say.
Derek Hansen, 36, is vice president, digital inventory solutions at Manheim.