NEW PLANS AHEAD AT MD LEVEL FOR PENTAGON MOTOR GROUP
David Peel to join Pentagon Motor Group as MD David Lewis announces retirement.
Following several months of recruitment activity, Pentagon Motor Group has announced the successor for its managing director, David Lewis, who will be retiring in July 2021 following the group’s financial year end. His successor will be David Peel, who until recently had been with Groupe PSA as managing director of Peugeot UK.
Pentagon Motor Group, which became part of Motus Group (UK) in 2017, is a successful car and van retail group. It began life in 1991 with just a single Vauxhall dealership in Derby, and today the business operates 46 franchise outlets for 12 major brands, from 26 sites across the East Midlands, North West, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. In addition, it has a thriving Fleet supply and Logistics operation.
Speaking of his impending retirement, David Lewis said, “This is a planned development that I had been considering for some time. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Pentagon and Motus Group teams to develop our strategy of concentrating on fewer brands, but with a greater scale of operation for each. I have known David Peel for many years – we were actually trainees at the same Ford dealership in South Wales at the start of our careers – so it’s very pleasing to find those two careers meeting up again in such a positive way at this stage.”
Rob Truscott, CEO of Motus Group (UK), paid tribute to David Lewis saying, “David has all our very best wishes for his retirement plans. He has been a valued and trusted colleague, working tirelessly to help us shape and integrate the Pentagon Motor Group. His reputation in the industry and within our own group as an experienced leader is well-founded; he will be sorely missed after his 30 years’ service to our UK business.
He and I are both delighted however, that we have secured David Peel as his successor. It augurs well for both planning a hand-over both in the coming months and the longer term future.”
For his part, David Peel commented, “After five years as MD at Peugeot UK, and almost 20 years with Groupe PSA, where I held roles including Regional and Fleet Director and Chief Executive of Robins & Day, I was ready to consider a change. As one of the more progressive dealer groups, with growing Groupe PSA interests, I was very aware of the progress being made by Pentagon Motor Group, and the happy coincidence of David’s retirement plans made the final decision to join very easy for me. Having met many of the Pentagon Motor Group people during my time at Peugeot UK, I know David has developed a very solid team and I now look forward now to driving the business on even further with them. There’s still plenty to be done, but the business is very healthy despite the challenges of the pandemic, and, as part of Motus Group (UK), we can be really confident in the future. And for me personally, the chance to work across a number of the most important brands in the UK market will be a refreshing challenge.”
David Peel will be based at the Pentagon head office in Derby, from where he will liaise with, and oversee the activities of a team of directors that include Brand Directors, each responsible for a portfolio of Brands, and support function directors.
Pentagon Motor Group has a turnover of over £600m and a headcount of some 1100 across all its operations.
- The business of The Pentagon Motor Group is part of Motus Group (UK), which employs almost 3000 people nationally and currently comprises – Motus Commercials, Motus Vehicle Solutions, Motus Mercedes Commercials and Pentagon Motor Group.
- Together, the UK Group’s business includes 130 vehicle franchise outlets at 78 locations, of which its truck and van operations currently number 96 franchise outlets, and passenger vehicle operations number 34.
- The business also incorporates seven passenger car and commercial vehicle body repair locations and operates three specialist commercial vehicle body builders and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.