Uni-Select has announced the appointment of Neil Croxson as the President and COO of The Parts Alliance U.K.
Promoted from the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Croxson will be succeeding Peter Sephton. Due to retire soon, Sephton will stay on for a three-month period to help with an orderly transition.
“I am honoured to be taking on this new role,” says Neil Croxson, President and COO of The Parts Alliance. “We had an excellent performance during our first full year under the Uni-Select umbrella, and under Peter’s leadership, we implemented strong foundations to enable us to capture future market opportunities. I look forward to building on this momentum.”
Since taking up the position of CFO of The Parts Alliance in 2015, Croxson has been instrumental in helping the network expand through selected acquisitions and the opening of 15 company-owned stores. He has partnered with Sephton to deliver the group’s financial strategy and enhance its market coverage in the U.K. and Ireland.
“I wish to thank Peter for building The Parts Alliance into a formidable force and market leader in the U.K. autoparts distribution industry and help us grow the business further after Uni-Select acquired it in 2017. We are glad that Peter will continue to work with us as a special advisor and represent our interests in associated trade bodies, such as Nexus International,” says André Courville, Interim President and CEO of Uni-Select. “Neil Croxson, our new President and COO of The Parts Alliance, has already demonstrated great leadership capabilities and we are delighted to see him progress into such a strategic role within the organization.”
“I would like to thank all my colleagues in The Parts Alliance, Uni-Select, suppliers and other industry professionals who have helped our journey to build a market leader, and I wish Neil and the team the best of luck in what will be a great onward journey,” says Peter Sephton.
In his role as the CFO of The Parts Alliance, Croxson was in charge of the delivery of its financial strategy. He led the finance team in delivering back office services and providing business support.
Croxson previously held the position of CFO at Rexel Northern Europe, a group that distributes electrical materials. He has also served as a Financial Controller at CFAO, a French group that distributes vehicles, parts and operating workshops across Africa.
Uni-Select said it will appoint an interim CFO at The Parts Alliance for the transition period until it is able to select a suitable replacement for Croxson.