The National Franchised Dealers Association which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Squires as Chairman effective 11 October 2016. Mark succeeds Peter Jones whose tenure as Chairman ends on 11 October 2016 following his two years of service.
Mark has extensive experience in the motor retail sector having worked at Benfield Motor Group for 23 years including 15 as CEO. Mark led the group to become the largest private company in the North East with an annual turnover of £750m, 35 franchised operations and 1600 staff. Mark began his career working in advertising and retail design. Mark has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BSc in Economics from Hull University.
Mark has 10 years’ experience on the executive committee of the NFDA, chairing the aftersales working group which developed an aftersales standard for NFDA members as well as looking at how to promote to consumers the value of using a qualified, brand specific franchised dealer for all their servicing and repair needs.
The NFDA deals with a number of issues that impact franchised dealers on a day to day basis, including their relationships with manufacturers, advising on legislation and various aspects of dealers’ businesses such as used cars, finance and insurance and aftersales.
Peter Jones, outgoing Chairman, said:
“I have greatly enjoyed my time as Chairman of the NFDA and have seen the association go from strength to strength. I am pleased to be handing the reigns over to Mark who is a man of great intelligence and integrity with a lot of sector experience. Interestingly, having sold Benfield, he is now independent of any manufacturer, which is a particularly interesting perspective for the Chairman’s role. I wish Mark every success.”
Mark Squires, incoming Chairman, said:
“I am honoured and delighted to take on the role of NFDA Chairman. Brexit will make this a particularly interesting tenure as Chairman as our great industry adjusts to the changes ahead. I look forward to supporting Director Sue Robinson, her team and our members over the next few years and would like to thanks Peter Jones for his years of service.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.