Key Senior Appointments at Manheim
Manheim, part of the global Cox Automotive group, has confirmed two senior appointments at its UK operations. Designed to continue the drive to set new standards of service and innovation across the entire vehicle market place, the two new roles come as part of a broader strategic drive to lead the sector globally.
Martin Forbes and Tim Hudson have been appointed as Managing Directors of Manheim Retail Services and Manheim Remarketing, respectively.
Forbes, who joins Manheim Retail Services early in the New Year, brings a wealth of specialist digital marketing expertise to the business, having spent the past eight years at the helm of two leading global media companies. Most recently he was group chief executive officer of award-winning international production and digital agency group Stink, prior to which he was SVP and managing director of Vibrant Media Inc., within the Ad-Tech landscape. Before that Martin was a partner within the Entrepreneurial and Private Equity team at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, based in London.
Hudson returns to the UK after a two year spell as chief executive of Manheim’s Asia Pacific operations, where he has been leading a successful business transformation programme which has seen Manheim significantly grow its activities in this huge and important international market. Prior to Manheim, Tim was managing director of Aston Barclay and also spent eight years with leading leasing firm LeasePlan, where he held a number of senior positions, latterly that of managing director. He will be taking up his new role in Manheim Remarketing in March 2015.
These two new senior appointments signal a strong strategic direction for Manheim, which will focus the business even further on its objective, as part of Cox Automotive, to be the clear leader in the global vehicle market place. The company’s award-winning customer service ethos, coupled with its investment in new technology and innovation will continue to be its prime focus, according to Michael Buxton, chief executive officer of Manheim UK.
He said: “These two appointments will be key to our continuing success and demonstrate the commitment we have to bringing about exciting change in the global and dynamic automotive market place. Our joined-up approach to meeting the needs of manufacturers, motor retailers and fleet companies will be hugely enhanced with these recruits to our business.”
Martin Forbes and Tim Hudson will report directly to Michael Buxton, who was appointed as CEO of Manheim UK in September 2014. They will take up their positions within Manheim during the first quarter of 2015.