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Oct 1, 2018

Gateshead-based Vertu Motors plc, the automotive retailer with a network of 125 sales outlets across the UK, has made a significant appointment to its leadership team.

Leon Caruso (41), will take up the important role of Group Operations Director for the Multi-Franchise Division. Leon joins the company from Vauxhall Motors Ltd, where he currently holds the position of Retail Sales Director.  He brings with him a vast amount of knowledge and perspective from the manufacturer side of the sector.

Leon is very highly regarded throughout the motor industry and will take on the role of Group Operations Director on 1st November 2018, being responsible for the Multi-Franchise division covering the Peugeot, Hyundai, Toyota and Volvo franchises. He will hold a position on the Group’s main operational board reporting to the CEO.

Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors Plc, said: “This is a great appointment for the Group and I am confident that Leon will add considerably to the blend of experience in the senior team. He will certainly bring a new perspective that will assist us in adapting Vertu Motors to the forthcoming changes in the sector, whether they be related to new technologies or changes to the way vehicles get to market. I have always held him in very high regard and I look forward to working with him closely as we continue to build the Group. “

Leon Caruso said: “I am delighted to be joining Vertu Motors Plc.   At a time of exciting change and innovation in our industry, this role is an excellent opportunity to join such a highly regarded pace-setter in the UK motor retail sector.  I look forward to adding my experience to that of the established senior leadership team and using this to drive further business growth by ensuring we continue to meet and exceed the ever-changing needs of our customers.”