Euro Car Parts has confirmed that Andy Hamilton has been appointed CEO of the ECP Group, replacing Martin Gray.
Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia has also resigned from his positions as a director of LKQ Corporation and as executive chairman of its Euro Car Parts (ECP) subsidiary in the UK.
Sukhpal founded a company forty years ago that eventually became Euro Car Parts.
Sukhpal sold ECP to LKQ in late 2011 and stayed on as CEO until 2014 when he became executive chairman.
Dominick Zarcone, president and chief executive officer of LKQ Corporation, said: “Sukhpal has been a key partner with LKQ over the past seven years as we have quadrupled the size of our business in the U.K., and he has served as a valued LKQ board member.
“While we will miss his insights, we respect his desire to spend all his time focused on the family property business and wish him nothing but the best in those endeavours.”
“My life’s work”
Sukhpal Singh said: “ECP has been my life’s work and there will always be a bit of the company in me.
“I have enjoyed my relationship with LKQ but the time has come for a change so I can devote my full abilities to building the property business with my sons.
“I am confident in the strategy LKQ has for its European segment and for the next level of growth and operational
excellence at ECP.”
Martin Gray’s replacement, Andy Hamilton joined Euro Car Parts in 2010 and held several different roles within the company, the last of which was chief operating officer.
During that period ECP saw unprecedented growth as the branch network increased from 89 to over 220 locations.
In 2016, Andy was asked to assume a position with LKQ Europe and most recently held the title chief commercial officer.
Prior to ECP, Andy held a variety of management roles for Halfords Group.
Commenting on the changes John Quinn, CEO for LKQ’s European operations said “I am delighted to have someone with Andy’s customer focus and experience leading Euro Car Parts.
“With the completion of our new National Warehouse in Dublin to service the ROI and with our Tamworth distribution facility now fully operational, we are poised to continue our growth track.“
2018 saw Euro Car Parts complete a number of important projects.
After gaining clearance from the CMA they were able to integrate the Andrew Page logistics and purchasing functions.
The company relocated out of several warehouses around the country into its Tamworth operations, including its highly automated T2 warehouse.
It also completed a new distribution warehouse in Dublin to better service the ROI market.
Hamilton said: “With the efforts these projects required now behind us, we can return our energy to growing our business and providing the outstanding service and value to our customers that we have been long known for.
“It is an exciting time to be leading Euro Car Parts.”