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Simon Elliott stands down from MAN Truck & Bus

Elliott joined the company, which is majority owned by VW, in September 2014 from within the Volkswagen Group two years ago and has been credited with implementing the Customer First programme and overseeing the successful launch of Euro6 and Euro6c products.

During his time with the company, the UK market-share for MAN has grown from 9.1% in 2015 to a forecasted 10.5% in 2016.

Heinz Juergen Loew, board member sales and marketing Munich, said: “It is disappointing to see Simon leave our organisation. He has steered the company through challenging times and has spearheaded a strategy that has already seen positive results, particularly in the areas of customer focus and market-share – two of our key barometers.”

Last year saw MAN announce its launch of a new VW Crafter-based LCV, which goes on sale in 2017, marking its first foray into the van sector.

Prior to leaving, Elliott will launch a new CRM system within the business, which is set to improve and revolutionise processes in the sales area and also to allow the business to keep much closer contact with customers.

Speaking on his resignation Elliott said: “I am sorry to be leaving a great team of people at MAN and I am proud that the first leg of the development of MAN Truck & Bus UK has been successfully completed.

“I am leaving a business which is well positioned for future growth through 2017 and beyond.

“The time is now right to pass on the baton, however, before I go there are several significant strategic changes that will be announced at our January conference that will allow for even greater engagement and sales success.”

His successor will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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