Scania UK appoint new dealer director for Scotland
Company veteran Paul Smith promoted from head of sales in Scotland to dealer director
SCANIA UK have announced the appointment of Paul Smith as their new dealer director for Scotland, a role he has been covering since August 2022.
Mr Smith (pictured) comes with a wealth of experience having joined Scania UK in 1994 as a technician. He soon went on to become workshop foreman at Scania Edinburgh, before gaining his MT10 Technician status and being promoted to workshop controller in 2002.
In 2005, he moved away from the tools and into a sales role covering the east of Scotland and became the go-to person for specialist vehicle sales. In 2020, he was promoted to his most recent role as head of sales in Scotland.
Chris Newitt, managing director of Scania UK, said: ‘I’m pleased that Paul will be our new dealer director for Scotland. He is hugely experienced and brings the best out of the teams that work with him, as his time within the Scania UK family shows.
‘His knowledge and experience will be a huge benefit to us, and ultimately, for our valued customers.’
Mr Smith said: ‘It’s an honour to be appointed dealer director for Scotland, and to be given the opportunity to lead this team through the biggest transformation our industry has ever experienced.
‘Our role is to build our brand’s equity while ultimately enriching the lives of our customers. Focusing on improving and building on our customer’s experiences will be essential for Scania to remain at the forefront of the heavy transport sector in Scotland.’
Mr Smith replaces James Colbourne who was promoted to executive services director for Scania UK in April 2022, whilst promotion for Chris Black sees him succeed Mr Smith as head of sales for Scania Scotland.