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Paul Willcox appointed as new VW Group UK MD

Paul Willcox has been appointed managing director of Volkswagen Group (UK), taking over from Simon Thomas who leaves the UK on September 1 to take up a global marketing role.

Willcox will take up the role on September 16 from Nissan, where he has held the role of senior vice president, sales and marketing for Europe since June 2011.

Willcox started his career, following graduation with a degree in management sciences, at Peugeot GB.

He joined Nissan Motor Company GB in 1992 and has held numerous management positions in sales and marketing, including manager corporate planning, general manager marketing strategy and pricing, and marketing director Nissan GB.

He was appointed vice president marketing for Nissan Europe in 2005 before returning to Nissan Motors Great Britain as managing director in 2008.

Willcox will be based at Volkswagen Group UK’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, from where he will be responsible for the Group’s five UK brands – Volkswagen passenger cars and commercial vehicles, Audi, Seat and Skoda – and their associated functions.

Thomas, who has been with the Volkswagen Group since September 2011, will take up the role of global head of marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen passenger cars brand at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, reporting to the board member for sales and marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen passenger cars brand, Christian Klingler.  Thomas succeeds Jürgen Stackmann, who became chairman of Seat on May 1.

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  • T Atkins - 01/08/2013 23:37

    It never ceases to surprise that autocracy continues to prevail in this industry. Remember if all else fails - "rule by fear" !

  • DS Voce - 16/09/2013 16:45

    I have contacted customer services so many times about the very poor design of clutch on polo blue motion, to date only very poor answers from customer service, the clutch design is VW, not mine, keep brushing it aside,(not interested) what costomer services is that put it right, your problem NOT mine

  • Patricia - 26/09/2013 11:37

    I was overcharged VAT on a new car I was exporting from the Altrincham Volkswagen, They should have completed a V11, however despite being told this at the time, they insisted I was wrong. I have spent the last 12 months trying to sort this out, but to no avail. If exporting from UK do not buy from any main Volkswagen. I have been horrified by arrogance of Alan Rigby, who tells me he is too busy to deal with me. Costumer Service as with previous messages has been very poor and just don't want to know. Really need to get their act together. Volkswagen cars superb, but shame about Altrincham dealership, who just want the sale.