The Retail Automotive Alliance (RAA) has appointed Peter Fleet as its new chairman as predecessor Paul Knight embarks on retirement.

Fleet is a former group vice chairman of the Ford Motor Firm, most not too long ago serving as president of Ford Asia Pacific, the place he led Ford’s companies and partnerships throughout China, India, South-East Asian, Australia and New Zealand.

Brian Gilda, chairman and managing director at Peoples Ford, mentioned: “I’m delighted to welcome Peter to the Retail Automotive Alliance.

“Peter brings a wealth of expertise from a thirty-year world profession with Ford. I do know that he has what it takes to steer the RAA as we glance to develop considerably and elevate the extent of providers offered to all of our shareholders.”

Final 12 months, the RAA celebrated the largest membership base in its history after franchised automotive sellers SG Petch and Clive Brook Volvo joined its ranks.

Peter Fleet, chairman on the Retail Automotive Alliance, mentioned: “The RAA is a formidable three way partnership by twenty-seven impartial motor supplier companies with a mixed UK turnover of greater than £three billion.

“Since 2005 it has grown in scale, scope and ambition. I stay up for working with the Board and government crew to strengthen our core proposition and discover new methods to leverage our scale, professionalism and UK-wide geographic protection so as to add worth to our shareholders.”

Peter Vosper, chairman at Vospers, mentioned: “We thank Paul for his a few years of service to the RAA, whose management and steerage has helped us develop into the fifth largest supplier group within the UK. We want Paul a wholesome and pleased retirement.”