Aston Barclay Group has appointed, David Smith, as its new sales director. Smith has been tasked with doubling the group’s sales over the next five years.
The move follows June’s management buyout at Aston Barclay, led by new Chief Executive Officer, Neil Hodson. Since June there has been four new account managers appointed , with the group employing a direct sales team for the first time. In his new role Sales Director David Smith will report in to new CEO Neil Hodson.
Smith comes to Aston Barclay after 10 years in the Middle East, where he worked most recently at Al Futtaim Finance, as sales director, leading the company’s F&I development for its 10 automotive brands within the UAE and a further 14 brands in Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and East Africa.Smith was also general manager of Porsche Middle East & Africa for seven years before setting up Porsche Financial Services in the Middle East on behalf of the VW Group. He has previous UK contract hire and fleet management experience accrued at Inchcape Fleet Solutions, GE Capital Fleet Solutions and Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions.
Smith commented on his new role, “With a direct sales team in place, we can better understand customer challenges and continue to develop market leading solutions on their behalf. Our investment in digital resources already looks set to add real value to our customers and Aston Barclay’s new reporting system will provide further insights into how we can help vendors further improve their used performance.”
Neil Hodson, Aston Barclay CEO added, “We need the very best people in place on our management team. David’s corporate sales and F&I background gained both here and overseas will prove invaluable in helping us achieve our commitment to doubling sales over the next five years.”