Hood told AM that his decision was made for “personal reasons” but adds that he does feel bad about leaving the company after such a short period of time.
“Kevin hired me to help take SEL into different part of the market and open some doors among insurers and the body repair community, which I am doing,” says Hood. “The revisions to block exemption mean that there is a great opportunity for non-OE parts providers like SEL to really grow their business.”
Kevin Shipton, managing director of SEL, thanked Hood for all his hard work, saying: “In the couple of months that he has been with SEL, he has provided us with a better insight into the market and how we should proceed.”
Rumours of Hood's departure first appeared on industry website ABP, forcing Shipton to issue a short but informal statement confirming the move. It read: “Bob has decided this role is not for him so he's going to take a bit of a break before deciding what to do next.” Hood quit his post as independent garage and bodyshop director at the RMI in June.