Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motor's UK operations, Bill Parfitt, has been awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the Automotive Industry.
Parfitt trained a motor engineer in the family business in South Wales, before joining Goodyear as a graduate entrant. Since then , he has held a number of directorships and senior executive roles in blue chip companies. Joining Vauxhall in 1998 as Fleet Sales Director, he then became responsible for all sales and marketing activities for GM's UK operations. In 2005, he was appointed as Managing Director of vauxhall and then Chairman of GMUK in 2009.
Parfitt has championed the continuing production of Vauxhall cars and vans in vauxhall's Ellesmere Port and Luton manufacturing plants.
Working with both the previous and current Government's Automotive Council on a strategic plan to increase the declining supplier base in the UK, Parfitt became the first chairman of the Government/Industry body, the Supply Chain Group.
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