Mark Squires, former chief executive of Benfield Motor Group, has been appointed chairman of the National Franchised Dealers Association. He takes over from Peter Jones, today after two years in the post.
Squires worked at Benfield for 23 years, including 15 as chief executive.
He led the group to become the largest private company in the North East with an annual turnover of £750 million, 35 franchised operations and 1,600 staff.
Squires also has 10 years’ experience on the executive committee of the NFDA, chairing the aftersales working group which developed an aftersales standard for association members as well as looking at how to promote to consumers the value of using a qualified, brand specific franchised dealer for all servicing and repair work.
Jones said: “I have greatly enjoyed my time as chairman of the NFDA and have seen the association go from strength to strength. I am pleased to be handing the reigns over to Mark who is a man of great intelligence and integrity with a lot of sector experience.
"Interestingly, having sold Benfield, he is now independent of any manufacturer, which is a particularly interesting perspective for the chairman’s role. I wish Mark every success.”
Squires said: “I am honoured and delighted to take on the role of NFDA chairman.
"Brexit will make this a particularly interesting tenure as our great industry adjusts to the changes ahead. I look forward to supporting director Sue Robinson, her team and our members over the next few years and would like to thanks Peter for his years of service.”
> Jones retired from Lookers as chief executive in 2014. The following year, Lookers acquired Benfield in a £87.5m deal. Squires was inducted into the AM Hall of Fame this year for his services to the motor industry and in recognition of his achievements at Benfield.
He has become partner in the family business, Squires Barnett, an architecture practice.