Gary Savage has been appointed as chief executive and managing director of Mercedes-Benz UK following Marcus Breitschwerdt’s promotion to head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Europe.
Savage will report to Breitschwerdt.
Board changes at Mercedes-Benz UK
From January 2014 Mercedes-Benz UK formed three distinct divisions, each with its own dedicated senior management structure.
Savage became CEO Mercedes-Benz UK and managing director Mercedes-Benz Cars which includes his responsibilities in the car business as well as the group’s overall legal entity.
The commercial vehicles business has been organised into two divisions.
Michael Kamper became managing director Mercedes-Benz Trucks, and Steve Bridge was appointed managing director Mercedes-Benz Vans.
Within each business unit, cars, trucks and vans, other management staff will report into the relevant managing directors.
The changes mean that Mercedes-Benz UK now effectively runs as three distinct business divisions, each with its own business responsibility: Mercedes-Benz Cars, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans.
Mercedes-Benz Retail Group continues with managing director Mike Whittington, reporting into Savage; and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services continues as its own legal entity with managing director Bob Middleton.
Breitschwerdt said: “My years here with Mercedes-Benz UK felt extremely rewarding – what a great team in Milton Keynes and at our other corporate locations, what a great dealer organisation all over the country.
“Together we have spent incredible effort and together we have achieved quite a lot. I want to say a big thank you to my colleagues in the company and in the dealer body, for the fantastic cooperation and support. Looking forward I’m 100% sure that our new divisional and regional set up will help us to be even more dedicated to the customer and as a result even more successful in competition.
“I want to congratulate Gary Savage, Michael Kamper and Steve Bridge to their assignments and I know that they will continue the success story for Mercedes-Benz in the UK, contributing to our growth in Europe and worldwide.”