June 28, 2013

Fiat UK appoints Karl Howkins as new Commercial Director

Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd. has announced the appointment of Karl Howkins, 41, to the newly created role of Commercial Director.

Reporting to Managing Director Steve Zanlunghi, Karl takes over responsibility for developing sales of new cars across the Fiat Group - for
the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Jeep and Chrysler brands.

Karl Howkins' appointment marks the formation of a new department of Commercial Operations - all Passenger Car Retail Sales, Fleet, Used and Logistics Operations will be handled by this new division.

Karl brings to the Fiat Group a unique combination of dealer and manufacturer experience gained during 25 years in the automotive industry, most recently as Managing Director, Opel Netherlands and before that Fleet Operations Director, Vauxhall Motors.

"I am very much looking forward to the challenge," said Karl. "I have a strong belief that you need to adopt a team culture with staff, dealers and suppliers. For Fleet it's essential that we compete in all sales areas and demonstrate a consistent approach to supply. I can assure you that we'll do that."


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