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Top-level staff changes at Volkswagen Group UK

Volkswagen Group UK has appointed Patrick McGillycuddy as head of sales operations, replacing Rod McLeod who becomes director of Skoda UK, both effective from 1 Feb.

Patrick McGillycuddy

Patrick McGillycuddy

McGillycuddy moves from a strategic role within the Group, having been its head of fleet services until last January. He had previously held positions with Chevrolet, Vauxhall and the Peter Vardy dealer group, before joining Skoda UK as head of fleet in 2013.

He said: “The brand has just moved into second place in the UK new car sales chart, driven by the most intense product offensive in its history. And our Retailer network has also played a huge part, delivering a future oriented customer experience and ever-improving service.

“I am looking forward to working with our network, especially as we prepare for the launch of the pure electric I.D. range in 2020.”

Rod McLeod

Rod McLeod

McLeod, who has spent 21 years with the Volkswagen brand across senior roles in fleet, product and marketing departments, where he was responsible for specification, pricing and advertising, will become director of Skoda UK on the same date. He replaces Duncan Movassaghi, who is taking the position of senior vice president, sales, for Volkswagen in North America.

Volkswagen Group UK Managing Director, Paul Willis, commented: “Rod’s expertise and wide-ranging experience will prove invaluable as ŠKODA readies itself for the next phase of its substantial growth plans.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.