Latest Moves

As part of a new monthly series, we are charting the latest moves that have been taking place in the automotive industry.

Below is a selection of high profile, automotive leadership moves, which have occurred in the last month:

Motors welcomes Chris Lear as new Aftersales Director.

Kia Motors UK has appointed Chris Lear as the new Aftersales Director, after Hamish McCowan announced his retirement, bringing to an end his 23 years with the business.



Rob Thomas takes on the Sales Director position at DS Automobiles.

DS Automobiles has appointed former PSA Sales Director, Rob Thomas, as their new UK Sales Director. He has moved to DS as the brand expands its dealer network.
 appoints Lacey Hewison as its new Strategic Network Operations Director.

House of Fraser’s Lacey Hewison has been named as the new Strategic Network Operations Director for, bringing her experience from the retail giant.



David Crane appointed as Executive Director at Vertu Motors.

David Crane, the group’s current Chief Operations Director, is to become the new Executive Director, as well as a board member. Crane has been with Vertu Motors since 2007.



Peter Wiles has become the new Dealer Development Manager at Automotive Compliance.

Wiles will take on the position of Dealer Development Manager and calls upon his experience working with several large motor finance houses.



Leasys appoints new chief executive, Alberto Grippo.

Leasys, The FCA Bank’s mobility solutions and long term rental group, has appointed Alberto Grippo as its new Chief Executive Officer, after a series of changes at the top of the organisation. Grippo has been part of the FC Group since 2000 and has a wealth of experience behind him.



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