Paul Philpott, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, has won a coveted ‘Achiever’ award from Motor Industry Magazine, published by the Institute of the Motor Industry.
The awards, now in their third year, go to only four individuals who, in the opinion of the judging panel headed by IMI chief executive Sarah Sillars, “have made an outstanding contribution to advancing the cause of excellence in the motor industry”.
Philpott, 40, joined Kia at the start of February and has immediately set about building a new direction and future for the brand in the UK marketplace. Building on his experience and success at Toyota GB, he is re-focusing Kia’s dramatic recent growth on the retail market and on building the brand’s strength and value amongst retail customers.
He said: “I am honoured to receive this recognition, particularly because it is awarded by people within this amazing industry and to receive their applause is of special value. We all know how intense and keen the competition is in this business, so I am very proud to have made an impact amongst such very hard-to-impress people.”
On announcing the winners, MIM editor Chris Phillips said: “They are fitting ambassadors for our industry.”
In 2005 Paul, a member of the IMI, was the first winner of AM magazine’s Rising Stars awards. The judging panel said of him: “He has excellent business clarity, focus and brand vision – a good understanding of the broader issues and a clear passion for the industry – all the qualities which single him out as a potential chief executive of tomorrow.”
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