HPI appoints new MD

Time 3:12 pm, August 8, 2014

HPI-rgb-logo-large-72dpiHPI has appointed Neil Hodson as managing director.

Hodson brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in the used car market, combining several top level positions – prior to joining HPI, Hodson was director and general manager at Experian Automotive and latterly group sales director for Manheim.

He said: ‘This is truly an exciting opportunity for me to use my expertise to further develop one of the most respected and successful brands in the UK Automotive market. HPI provides unrivalled protection for consumers and dealers alike through its core services, and I aim to ensure we continue to meet those needs.

‘I aim to re-focus on our existing customers and ensuring we continue to deliver high quality, high value data solutions that provide a valuable ROI, designed to help them enhance their business.

‘Through my understanding of the marketplace, I will be driving forward innovations that leverage the changing dynamics of the sector, by harnessing new technologies and market opportunities. By diversifying the HPI portfolio of services, we can bring our trade customers a new level of value, in new and interesting ways.’

Alastair MacLeod, regional director of Solera, HPI’s parent company, added: ‘Neil’s expertise in the used car market makes him the perfect person to lead HPI into a new era of success. He understands how to build on HPI’s heritage that spans over 50 years, using his vision to update and refocus the business to reflect the pace and the challenges our customers face in the 21st century.

‘Neil is the driving force behind a renewed commitment to deliver high ROI and innovative solutions to our customers. I am confident that his market knowledge will be vital to ensure we connect our consumer customers with our trade customers to bring them both added value.’

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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