The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK, has appointed Mark Squires as chairman effective 11 October 2016. Squires succeeds Peter Jones whose tenure as chairman ended on 11 October 2016 following his two years of service.
Prior to becoming chairman, Squires had 10 years’ experience on the executive committee of the NFDA, chairing the aftersales working group which developed an aftersales standard for NFDA members as well as looking at how to promote “the value of using a qualified, brand specific franchised dealer for all their servicing and repair needs”.
Mark Squires brings 23 years of experience at Benfield Motor Group including 15 as CEO. He led the group to become the largest private company in the North East with an annual turnover of £750 million, 35 franchised operations and 1600 staff. Squires holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BSc in Economics from Hull University.
Mark Squires, incoming chairman, said: “I am honoured and delighted to take on the role of NFDA chairman. Brexit will make this a particularly interesting tenure as chairman as our great industry adjusts to the changes ahead. I look forward to supporting director Sue Robinson, her team and our members over the next few years and would like to thanks Peter Jones for his years of service.”