Vauxhall announces new chairman and MD

Tim Tozer VauxhallTim Tozer has become the new Vauxhall chairman and Managing Director, taking over from US-bound Duncan Aldred.

Brit-born Tozer joins the company on 24 February.

As part of his role, he also becomes CEO of Opel Ireland and will report to executive vice president of Opel/Vauxhall and president of General Motors Europe Karl-Thomas Neumann.

Tozer joins from CEO of Autobinck Holding NV – but he has a long track record in Britain too: he’s been MD of Mazda UK and regional director of Inchcape Motors International, as well as president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe.

Karl-Thomas Neumann said: ‘Tim brings a wealth of motor industry experience to the Opel/Vauxhall organisation, a strong understanding of the sales and marketing functions and a wide knowledge of both operational and strategic aspects of the business.

“Vauxhall is an exceptional performer in the UK industry and we look forward to Tim building on the strong foundations already developed by Duncan Aldred and his team.’

Aldred has moved to become US vice president of Buick-GMC sales, service and marketing, based at GM HQ in Detroit. The long-time Vauxhall man rose rapidly through the ranks to the top spot of the firm, which has clearly impressed the bosses in the US.

He’s definitely a British industry exec to keep an eye on…

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  • gary russell

    Tim seems to be joining at an opportune moment. From what you say the Meriva and Mokka have now been improved for the UK. The Adam, if specced correctly, looks like a good little car. All they need to do is ditch the old Zafira and replace the aging Corsa and Vauxhall finally has a decent model line up. Good Luck.

  • Couldn’t agree more, Gary. Corsa facelift – due later this year – will be vital. Vauxhall’s doing pretty well with this key model arguably underperforming against Fiesta (and superminis is easily the UK’s largest new car sector). Will be interesting to see what happens when the improved one arrives.