LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Automotive technology organisation Marque Group today announces the appointment of two senior executive consultants to advise the strategic direction of its UK-based operations.
The two advisors are automotive experts sporting a collective 80 years in the industry. Hamish McCowan, previously Aftersales Director with Kia Motors UK, has been appointed to Executive Aftersales Strategic Advisor, whilst Rob Whalley joins Marque Group as Executive Advisor Europe from his position as CEO of APD Global Research.
Mr McCowan and Mr Whalley will work with Marque’s team to analyse and develop strategic innovation, growing the organisation and its companies’ services to the local automotive industry. Both advisors will support the growing suite of products and solutions to the automotive sales and aftersales sector across the United Kingdom and Europe.
With over 40 years’ experience working across the in the automotive, data and research industries, Mr Whalley has most recently directed high quality, market-leading research programs, spearheading and managing the international growth of a number of organisations based in the UK.
“I am looking forward to developing Marque Group’s UK and European footprint, benefiting OEMs and dealers across the UK and Europe,” said Mr Whalley.
“The automotive industry has an increasing need for integrated solutions, collectively facing large challenges and fundamental shifts – and I’m delighted to be joining Marque Group at this stage in its development to contribute to those changing tides.”
With over 40 years of industry experience, 23 years of which was at automotive manufacturer level, Mr McCowan has a proven track record of delivering growth and strategic development, driving revenues at both manufacturer and dealer network levels. He has also specialised in determining market relevance, innovation and product evolution.
“I am exceptionally proud to be part of an innovative and growing organisation,” stated Mr McCowan.
“Besides looking forward to contributing to the Group’s strategic direction and guiding its local aftersales strategies, more specifically I am looking forward to achieving exceptional growth and success for the organisation and its family of companies, both here in the UK and beyond.”
Marque Group CEO, Gary Martin, is delighted to have both strategic advisors as part of the organisation’s UK team.
“I eagerly await the insight and assistance both Rob and Hamish will give to boost our UK and European strategic outlook,” said Mr Martin.
“Their experience speaks for itself, and I am excited to have them as part of our growing team in the northern hemisphere.”
Marque Group’s UK entities include Aura, THREE60 CRM and Vital Software. Aura is a customer experience agency, specialising in actionable research and insights for its OEM clients. THREE60 specialises in marketing and customer contact, with technology-backed, robust client and database management tools for the aftersales sector. Working to bridge the gap between OEMs, Dealer Groups and Dealerships through innovative, data-driven solutions, Vital Software is based in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Its other entities include B2B loyalty solutions provider Smart Loyalty, and lead management platform AutoPlay, both based in Australia and New Zealand.