Date: May 2015


Ahead of the arrival of the new Tivoli B-segment SUV, and with a rapidly expanding dealer network, SsangYong Motor UK has made a number of new appointments.

L-R: Andrew Cookson, Adrian Ryan
and Kevin Griffin
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Adrian Ryan
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Andrew Cookson
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Kevin Griffin

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Commented Paul Williams, CEO, “Following our steady growth in 2014, the arrival of Tivoli in a few weeks’ time and the boost it will give to sales, we are continuing to invest in the business by growing our dealer network and enhancing our dealer support service.  Good people are an essential part of this plan and we will be announcing further new appointments during the year.”

Dealer recruitment and franchising

Adrian Ryan, 52, who has been with SsangYong since 2005 as the dealer commercial manager for the Midlands, has been appointed to the role of dealer recruitment and franchising manager, and takes over from Jeff Lau who has taken retirement.

Dealer field appointments

Kevin Griffin, 56, has been appointed dealer commercial manager for the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  He joined the motor trade in 1979, and was general sales manager at Watson Bros (Vauxhall) for 12 years, dealer principal at Abercromby Edinburgh (Rover & Toyota) for eight years and dealer principal at Archer Motor Group (Seat, Hyundai, Suzuki, Chevrolet & SsangYong) for 16 years.

Andrew Cookson, 43, takes over from Adrian Ryan as dealer commercial manager for the Midlands.  He joins with over 20 years motor retail, consultancy and development experience, including working for Colin Appleyard as brand manager for Subaru & Isuzu, and Monks Heath Motors as general manager for Subaru, Isuzu, Daihatsu, Morgan and SsangYong.

Meanwhile, Simon Whitby, 42, is now responsible for all aspects of the company’s used car sales and operations.  He was previously sales manager with Grovebury Cars, Tring.

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Ref: SY17/2015