The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has appointed Peter Lawton as its aftermarket development manager.
Lawton will take up the role on April 23 and he joins from CAT (car and accessory trader) magazine where he has been editor for the last three years. He has been an automotive journalist for 15 years.
Lawton replaces Wendy Williamson who is joining the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) as chief executive.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "The aftermarket is one of the most diverse and dynamic business areas we have in the UK automotive industry.
"Peter’s existing relationships with the sector and knowledge of the issues it faces will allow SMMT to enhance its aftermarket activities and offer an ever-improving service to our members."