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Mike Pilkington to head up Paragon Automotive

Previously part of Autologic, the division has now been acquired by the Paragon Group to complement its existing services and expand its customer offering.

As part of the deal, Paragon has announced the appointment of Mike Pilkington as managing director of Paragon Automotive Ltd, in a move intended to demonstrate Paragon’s commitment to strengthening its senior management team to support the company’s future growth.

Pilkington brings 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry, including his time at Manheim, and will be responsible for providing strategic direction and overseeing the day-to-day management of the Paragon Automotive business.

Stephen Hucklesby, chief executive, Paragon Group, said: ‘Mike is a great asset to Paragon and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be fundamental to the business. Mike joins us at an exciting time with the acquisition of Paragon Vehicle Solutions marking a major milestone for Paragon and consolidating our position as the UK’s market leader in vehicle processing and captive fleet management.’

Alongside Mike’s new appointment, Paragon has announced that Andrew Hetzel has become integration director – finance. Steve Maltby will replace Andrew Hetzel as managing director of Fleet Solutions whilst retaining his responsibilities for Paragon Remarketing.

In addition the new Paragon Vehicle Services division will be led by Stephen Hucklesby as he oversees its integration into Paragon Group over the course of the next year.  Alongside this, Stephen will become CEO for the Paragon Group.

 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.