End of an era at Schaeffler as MD retires

Published:  16 March, 2021

A changing of the guard is taking place at Schaeffler, as Nigel Morgan, Managing Director of Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division in the UK, retires after more than 40 years with the company. In his wake, stepping up to the newly created position of Country Manager UK & Ireland will be Mark Dolloway, who joined Schaeffler from SKF in 2012. Mark will, in turn, be replaced as Sales Director by Matt Selby who originally joined Schaeffler in 2007.

Nigel’s rise began when he became Sales Manager at Alan A Morgan, his family’s company based in the Midlands, which became the sole importer of LuK clutches in the 1980s. LuK ultimately bought the company, which evolved to become Schaeffler (UK).

In 2013, at the height of the UK horsemeat scandal, Nigel decided that more also needed to be done to educate the aftermarket about vehicle parts quality. Initial adverts from OESAA, the association chaired by Nigel since its conception, featured horse and cow images and triggered an angry response from some quarters.

Seven years later and the organisation is still going strong, recently adding new members such as Brembo and Motul, and still educating technicians at major events, including its own Autoinform Live training weekends held in partnership with Frank Massey.

Nigel will continue to be involved with OESAA, leading the campaign in a consultancy capacity after he leaves Schaeffler at the end of March: “I firmly believe that technicians can benefit most from using the parts and services offered by genuine OE suppliers, which offer the best quality and technical backup available to the aftermarket. OE suppliers are simply the best placed to keep technicians up-to-date with new products, systems and repair methods, as they are supplying these high-tech products and systems to vehicle manufacturers for original fitment.”

“OE suppliers will also continue to be a key source of education and information, as hybridisation and electrification slowly take hold, so there is still an important role for the OESAA campaign to play over the coming years – one which I hope to remain very much a part of.”

Nigel concluded: “I have enjoyed over 40 wonderful years with Schaeffler, with any expectations I had at the start of this journey completely and utterly fulfilled beyond my wildest imagination. However, all of my achievements are also that of the amazing UK team, many of whom have been alongside me at Schaeffler for a very long time. Their hard work, dedication and passion means that I can leave Schaeffler knowing that it is in some very capable hands, but this is not a ‘goodbye’, merely an ‘auf wiedersehen’, as there is certainly a lot more for me to do!”

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