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Recruitment: industry appointments


  • Coventry-based taxi manufacturer LTI Vehicles has appointed Mike Brown as its operations director. Brown has had a 40- year career in the motor industry, having begun as an engineering apprentice with Rover in the 1960s. In the 1980s Brown joined component supplier Motorpanels in Coventry, later to become Mayflower Vehicle Systems, where he became managing director. The company was taken over by Stadco last year.

  • Gary Robson has joined Westover Toyota, based in Bournemouth, as sales advisor. It’s a new choice of career for Robson – he spent the previous four years working as a butler on a private yacht in the south of France.

  • Wagon, the automotive component and body structure group, has appointed Richard Cotton as group finance director, succeeding David Sleath who leaves at the end of the month. Cotton has held several senior positions with international organisations, including group finance director of McLeod Russel Holdings.

  • Jacksons Mercedes-Benz has recruited Martin Slater as group corporate sales manager, covering its dealerships in Poole, Dorchester and Salisbury. Slater has more than 25 years’ experience in the motor industry, having worked up from the workshop floor through to dealer principal roles.

  • Adrian Spruce has joined Priory Motor Group’s Chevrolet dealership in Urmston as a sales executive. Spruce, who joined on the day the brand launched in the UK, spent seven years as a sales associate with electrical retailer Comet. “I love working in sales but I was keen to work in the motor industry,” he says.

  • Martin Lyons has been appointed general manager of the Ireland division of breakdown assistance company Mondial.
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