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Industry jobs: Roles filled at Sogo and Van Guard

Ian Bowley

Sogo announces senior hires

Sogo has expanded its senior management team with three new appointments.

Ian Bowley joins the company as remarketing manager, with Nadia Jackson as logistics manager and Iryna Dawson as service delivery manager.

Bowley joins Sogo from Stellantis and will report to the head of remarketing, Tristan Downs. 

Jackson joins the business from Leaseplan. In her new role, she will lead the growing demand for logistics as the fleet size increases, and customers use the flexible model to change vehicles frequently, the company said.

While Dawson will drive the improvement of the customer experience in her new role. Previously, she held a similar role at Leaseplan.

Tristan Downs, operations and remarketing director of Sogo, said: “We are taking the next step in our growth, and it's important that we continue to strengthen our management team.

“Both Ian and Nadia bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles. Our first year has exceeded our expectations, and we have big plans for 2022 as our focus on innovation and technology continues to drive our growth.”

Van Guard announce Emlyn Harris as new MD

Van Guard have appointed Emlyn Harris as its new managing director (MD), with immediate effect.

Harris, who was previously commercial finance director of Van Guard Accessories will take over from Barry Woodward, who has been at the helm of Van Guard since 2008. Woodward will take on the role of chairman.

Harris said: “It is a huge honour to be appointed managing director for Van Guard Accessories and to build on Barry’s success and lead the team into an exciting new chapter of the business.

“As we look to the future, I am excited to be able to capitalise on our manufacturing capabilities, to deliver market leading vehicle accessories and security solutions as part of my role.

“Van Guard will be present at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show where I am looking forward to meeting our customers, suppliers and partners in my new role, alongside showcasing our security products and van accessories.

“Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude to Barry for his remarkable leadership and look forward to working with him as he takes on his new role as chairman.”

Woodward said: “To become chairman of Van Guard is a privilege and an honour. In these interesting times (and in my 40+ years at Van Guard I have certainly seen a few) it is more important than ever to make senior role decisions based on commitment, confidence, and certainty for the longevity of Van Guard.”

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