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Former Lookers board member Mark Kass dies after short illness

Mark Kass

Dealer group founder and former Lookers board member Mark Kass has passed away at the age of 52 following a short illness.

Kass, who had been working as chief executive of Ford distributor Al-Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co. Ltd in Saudi Arabia at the time of his death, passed away on August 8th after a short illness.

The founder of the Mark Kass Toyota and Nissan franchise group in London and Essex became a Lookers board member and operations director following the group’s £3.9m acquisition of the business in 2000.

In 2006 he founded Peterborough’s Mega Car used car supermarket before that business was acquired by Motorpoint.

Kass had been active in the Middle East car retail and distribution business for the past decade.

Former colleague, used car retailer Darren Barratt, said: “Mark was a real figure in the UK car retail arena before heading to work in the Middle East and I know he’d enjoyed a lot of success out there.

“He knew the business inside and out. He was a firm but fair operator, a workaholic in many respects. I worked alongside him for ten years and if he’d returned to the UK I would have worked for him again.”

Barratt said that Kass had been taken ill with pneumonia and been hospitalised in Saudi Arabia prior to his death.

A funeral will be held for Mark James Kass at St Mary’s Church, Essendon, at 11am on Thursday, August 24th.

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  • Mike Jeffs - 23/08/2017 10:17

    This is very sad news indeed. I met Mark many years ago shortly after he had sold his business to Lookers. A true gent and fantastic operator. He will be sadly missed.

  • Lucy Hunte - 26/08/2017 10:18

    Very sad news. I worked with Mark for a number of years and he was such a character. RIP Mark x

  • Khurram Bhatti - 20/02/2018 15:54

    Extremely very Sad to know about Mr. Mark Kass death i worked with him right from the first day he joined at Alfuttaim Honda DFC, indeed a great man will miss you lots, RIP