Senior management changes as Lookers expands

National dealership group Lookers has appointed the former Nissan vice president of global sales as its new managing director.

Allan Rushforth takes over the MD reins from Nigel McMinn, who has moved to the position of chief operating officer. In the shake-up, Robin Gregson has also been promoted to the AIM-listed group’s chief financial officer.

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Lookers said the round of promotions were part of a policy to strengthen the group’s senior management team and reflect the growth of the business.

Mr Rushforth, who has also worked with Hyundai in Germany as well as Nissan in Japan, said: “It’s terrific to return to the UK and to join the team at Lookers which I know and trust.

“During an important period for British business and in a sector that’s likely to change at a faster rate than ever before, I’m convinced we can deliver enhanced stakeholder value, founded on the best customer experience in the business.”

He will report to Mr McMinn, who joined Lookers from Benfield in 2013.

Andy Bruce, Lookers’ chief executive, said: “Nigel’s promotion is richly deserved and recognises his pivotal position in the progress we have made in recent years.

“I am also delighted that Allan, a true global industry leader, is joining our team and I have no doubt he will prove to be a huge asset to our business in the years to come.”