Honda Strengthens UK Management Team

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SLOUGH, UNITED KINGDOM – July 10, 2013: Honda (UK) has announced a number of senior moves to strengthen its management team as the company sets out to transform its business operations.

Effective immediately, Leon Brannan, formerly Head of Aftersales becomes Head of Car, succeeding Phil Crossman who became Managing Director in April.

The next three years will see a transformation in Honda's model line up, Leon will lead the UK sales force to fully exploit Honda's increased market opportunity.

To maintain the excellent progress which Leon Brannan has made in driving Honda's Aftersales business forward, Nick Holmes is promoted to Head of Customer and Aftersales with immediate effect.

Nick, who originally started his career with Honda in Aftersales, has been with Honda for 18 years. He was formerly Regional Operations Manager for the Southern Region prior to rejoining the Aftersales Department 15 months ago.

Olivia Dunn who has been operating as acting Head of Marketing for Cars, Motorcycles and Power Products in the UK, is promoted to the role of Head of Marketing with immediate effect. Olivia has already been behind several of Honda's recent advertising successes including the new "Honda Hands" ident series on C4.

Strengthening Honda (UK)'s area operations, Ian Austerberry, formerly in Businesss Planning, will take on the key role of Manager- Southern Region Operations, effective 1 August.

Steve Fielden, formerly area sales manager in the North of England and Scotland is promoted to Manager - Northern Region Operations.

In the all-important area of car forecasting and planning, Rosemarie Oliver is promoted to Manager- Corporate and Business Planning effective August 1. This move will be effective from 1 August.

Commenting on the changes, Phil Crossman said, " With a range new models and cleaner engines such as Civic Tourer, Type R and Jazz and the "halo effect of returning to F1 in 2015, I'm confident this new team will maximise the opportunities we'll have in both the retail and fleet markets in the coming years. We're all looking forward to the challenge ahead."

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