SMMT president, Tod Evans, has announced his retirement as chairman of Peugeot Citroën Automobiles UK Ltd. After 23 years with the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, he will leave at the end of December.
He will, however, continue to perform a wider role within the UK motor industry remaining president of the SMMT until the end of his second term in June 2005.
He started his group career as marketing director for Talbot Motor Company in 1981 and became managing director of Peugeot Motor Company in 1997. By 2002, the Peugeot Motor Company business had grown from eighth best selling brand to the number three position in the UK market.
He was appointed chairman of Peugeot Citroën Automobiles UK Ltd in April 2003, heading up PSA Peugeot Citroën Group”s first corporate communications office in London.
Mr Evans said, ”Working for the group for the last 23 years has given me immense satisfaction and fulfilment. At 62 years of age, however, it seems to me that you should try and slow down a bit and now seems the right time to step down. My continued work with the SMMT will keep me closely connected with our dynamic industry.”
SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, added, ”Tod has been an integral part of the UK automotive industry for many years. We look forward to continuing to work with Tod; the role of president is a vital one and central to the success of our industry.”