Andrew Humberstone has been appointed managing director of Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd and will take up his new role on Thursday 1 November.
Forty three-year-old Mr Humberstone brings with him a high level of commercial experience in addition to business development management, gained from across the globe. His knowledge and understanding of drawing up and implementing top-level business strategies puts him in an ideal position to continue the current success story for Fiat in the UK.
And he comes to Britain at a particularly exciting moment – just as the company makes final preparations to launch the stunning new Fiat 500 here.
Mr Humberstone’s most recent role was chief representative for Fiat Group Automobiles China and vice-chairman of Nanjing Fiat, but, prior to that, he worked in various capacities in India, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and South Africa.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead for us in the UK,” says Mr Humberstone. “The company has been left in an excellent condition as I take over, and I am determined to carry on the good work that has already been done.”
Mr Humberstone takes over from outgoing MD Giulio Salomone, who is leaving the UK company after two-and-a-half years in charge.
Mr Salomone’s period in office brought great success to the UK operation, including the high-profile introduction of several new cars such as the Grande Punto, Bravo and Sedici SUV, as well as the forthcoming 500, while sales figures climbed rapidly under his leadership – up 64 per cent year-on-year to 58,831 units in 2006; making Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd the fastest growing automotive brand in the UK last year.
Mr Salomone returns to company headquarters in Turin, Italy, where he will take over responsibility for Fiat brand Worldwide Dealer Network Development, Fleet and Used Cars operations, reporting directly to Lorenzo Sistino, CEO of the Fiat brand.Published 25 October 2007