Unipart change

John Neill takes new role at Unipart Group while Mark Dixon becomes CEO at Unipart Automotive

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Published:  13 July, 2012

SEVERAL key appointments have changed at both Unipart Group and Unipart Automotive

John Neill CBE has taken up the post of Chairman, replacing Lord Sheppard of Didgemere, who has retired from the role after serving as non-executive Chairman for 16 years. Neill was previously Deputy Chairman of the board and will continue in his role as Chief Executive.

Meanwhile, Mark Dixon takes up the role of CEO at Unipart Automotive. The division was formed as a separate entity last year when Unipart sold the controlling share to H2 Equity Partners. Dixon will be the newco's first CEO, and Patrick Kalverboer will remain in his role as chairman.

Speaking about John Neill's appointment, Lord Sheppard said: "I have watched Unipart grow under the stewardship of John Neill from a company with one client in one sector to a leading logistics, manufacturing and consultancy group with a strong international business, a growing set of blue chip clients in a wide range of sectors, and an established reputation for being at the forefront of engaging all of its stakeholders in long term relationships."

Speaking about the appointment at Unipart Automotive, Patrick Kalverboer said:  "Mark's exceptional record in multiple site distribution operations and his strategic pedigree will ensure Unipart Automotive remains at the forefront of the UK's automotive car parts industry."

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