New MAN boss
Simon Elliott has been appointed as MD of MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd. He takes over on 8 September, following the decision last month of former MD, Des Evans, to stand down due to ill health. For the past three years, Simon has served as MD, Volkswagen Group Ireland, being responsible for Volkswagen Cars and Commercial Vehicles as well as Audi, Skoda and SEAT. During this period the group increased its passenger car market share to 27%, making VW the number one selling car brand in Ireland and increasing the light commercial vehicle market share to 25%. Prior to this, he was MD of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in the UK and has also held various senior roles with Daimler Chrysler and Toyota.
He said, ‘I am looking forward immensely to the new challenge of heading up MAN Truck & Bus UK. Ireland will be a hard place to leave, but the team has achieved amazing results in a challenging environment and developed a very strong position for future growth since we have been together. I have no doubt the UK team at MAN Truck & Bus will be similarly focused on growth and I look forward to working closely with them and the dealer network to achieve this and make a difference into the future.’
MAN Truck and Bus UK’s Chief Financial Officer, Adrian Sargent, said, ‘The imminent arrival of Simon Elliott is a huge boost for us all, particularly following the departure of Des Evans who had led the business for so long. Simon’s background and obvious enthusiasm will enable him to hit the ground running, and he will have the unwavering support of everyone at MAN Truck & Bus UK as we go about building the business together.’