New MD appointed to Honda’s UK sales division

Time 1:05 pm, November 25, 2016

HONDA’S UK sales division has announced the appointment of Dave Hodgetts as its next managing director.

Hodgetts, pictured above, will take control of the company’s sales operation for cars, motorcycles and power products from January 3, 2017.

He succeeds Philip Crossman who made the decision in the summer to retire after 17 years at Honda. Crossman started his automotive career as a commercial apprentice at Triumph, followed by positions at Peugeot and Nissan before joining Honda.

Phil Crossman

Phil Crossman

He said: ‘Honda is a unique company and it has been a privilege to hold several senior roles in the UK during my time here. We have an excellent product line-up, dealer profitability is well above industry average, our customers love the service they receive from our dealers and the Honda (UK) business is well balanced and in a good shape to pass on to Dave.

‘One of the key factors for me in deciding to leave was who would take over. It had to be someone for whom I had great trust and respect. My recommendation was Dave and I am delighted the company endorsed that choice.’

Hodgetts commented: ‘I am delighted to move back to the UK operation at such an exciting time for the business, as we launch a whole series of market-leading new products in our car, motorcycle and power product divisions.

‘I also look forward to continuing the great work that Phil has done in developing a strong partnership with our dealer network, supported by the tremendous team of people that we have in Honda (UK).’

Hodgetts is 57 years old, and married with two children. He has worked at Honda for 27 years, joining as a production engineer in 1990 prior to the construction of Honda’s first car manufacturing plant in Swindon. His last role at Swindon was director of planning and administration, a position he held for five years.

After 20 years with Honda (UK) Manufacturing, he moved to Honda (UK) Sales in 2010 before working in Honda’s European operations for the last four years.

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