Simon Elliott has taken up the position of managing director at Intercounty Truck & Van.
Intercounty Truck & Van sells and supports Mercedes-Benz vehicles, as well as FUSO Canter light trucks, from headquarters in Wellingborough, and other branches in Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Boston, Lincoln and Toddington.
Having resigned earlier this year from his last full time position as UK Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus, Simon had turned down a series of offers while waiting for the right opportunity to come along, said Intercounty.
Simon’s first high-position job was with Chrysler Jeep, then a business unit of the former DaimlerChrysler conglomerate – he served as its managing director from 1999 until 2006, during which time he was based at the Milton-Keynes complex, which is still the UK headquarters of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Mercedes-Benz Vans.
He spent the next couple of years as president & chief executive officer of Chrysler Group CHINA – winning China’s CEO of the Year award in 2008 – before returning to the UK as managing director, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
From 2011-2014 he was CEO of Volkswagen Group Ireland, with responsibility for its car as well as commercial vehicle brands, then moved on to the MAN position in which he gained his first experience of working in the truck sector.
Simon said: “I was looking for a fresh challenge and the prospect of joining Intercounty Truck & Van, a Dealer that represents the industry’s benchmark truck and van products, has excited me from the outset.”
“On a personal note, this is ‘home ground’, as I live near Northampton and grew up in Lincolnshire.”