The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has appointed David Newman as chairman, effective 14 January 2020.

Newman boasts extensive experience in the automotive retail industry, working at Ridgeway Group for 20 years as chief executive, chairman and owner of the business. The company was sold to Marshall Motor Holdings in May 2016.

He started his career as a graduate trainee with Ford Motor Company, before working in a number of field management roles at Citroen UK.

Newman replaces Mark Squires whose tenure as chairman ended at the end of 2019 following three years in the role.

In a statement, Squires said: “It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with the NFDA. During my three years as chairman, I have seen the profile of the association grow alongside the launch of innovative initiatives. It was particularly rewarding to play an active role in the development of the now well-established Consumer Attitude Survey. I wish David every success.”

Commenting on his appointment, Newman said: “I am delighted to take on the role of NFDA Chairman during a time of significant changes in the automotive industry.

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“I look forward to supporting Director Sue Robinson, her team and UK franchised retailers over the next years. I would very much like to thank Mark Squires for his years of service.”