Mazda UK’s network is in a “safe pair of hands” with new managing director Jeremy Thomson, according to dealers.
Thomson, formerly the brand’s sales director, takes over from Rob Lindley, who resigned as managing director of Mazda UK earlier this week to pursue a career with McLaren Automotive.
Russell Wythe, dealer principal at Wrights Mazda in Norwich, told AM: “He’s been with Mazda a long time and he’s well known to the dealer network.
“Unfortunately for Jeremy, I think he’s got a difficult task on his hands due to the current economic climate, but I think the network’s in a safe pair of hands with him.”
Thomson has been with Mazda UK since its foundation in 2001, in marketing and sales roles.
Mark Mitchell, managing director of Chester Mazda dealer Mitchell Group, said: “I’ve known Jeremy for a long time and I’m delighted to hear about the appointment. It’s great news for the network.”
Marketing director Mark Cameron has been appointed sales director.
Philip Waring, Mazda Motor Europe vice-president sales, told dealers in a memo: “I am confident that Jeremy will guide the company through the tough economic climate which we face today and ensure that both Mazda and its dealer organisation are well positioned for the future.”