ECP and LKQ welcome Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia back

Euro Car Parts parent, LKQ Corporation has announced that it has reinstated Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia to its board of directors.

Joseph M. Holsten, Chairman of LKQ Corporation stated, “I am pleased to welcome Sukhpal back to LKQ. His entrepreneurial dynamism, deep understanding of the European aftermarket auto parts industry and extensive contacts will benefit LKQ’s European segment.”

Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia is a man who needs no introduction in the UK aftermarket. He is the founder and former Managing Director of Euro Car Parts Ltd (ECP).

LKQ acquired ECP in October 2011 and, under Mr. Ahluwalia’s leadership and the support of LKQ, ECP continued its rapid growth. Mr. Ahluwalia resigned from LKQ earlier this year to focus on his private commercial interests including investments in the hospitality and commercial property sectors. In addition to joining the Board of Directors of LKQ Corporation, Mr. Ahluwalia will also serve as Chairman of LKQ’s operations in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Ahluwalia said, “I am both delighted and honored to accept the invitation to be a member of the LKQ Board and to re-join my many friends and colleagues at LKQ on both sides of the Atlantic. There are many opportunities in our marketplaces, and LKQ is well-positioned to continue its growth in Europe. I look forward to playing a role in this growth.”

In the November issue of CAT, we reported on a plan by a number of former ECP men, including Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, Sukhbir Singh Kapoor as well as ex-Unipart Automotive CEO Mark Dixon to launch a new parts distribution venture to be called APX. We’ll bring you more news on this as we get it.

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4 Responses to “ECP and LKQ welcome Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia back”

  1. Jason says:

    whats interesting is the amount of people now exiting ECP!

    those that didnt jump to APX when asked are now being exited one by one, 7 in the last week according to someone in the HR Dept,

    meanwhile the 41 returning staff are loving the security of their jobs!

  2. Tommo says:

    LKQ tried to stiff Sukhpal out of £15 million of his final payment.

    He left without fanfare in April 2014.

    Seeking revenge, he looked at different avenues back into the aftermarket in order to teach LKQ a lesson.

    LKQ blinked first and got him back inside the tent.

    LKQ coatings is struggling under the “leadership” of Richard Steer, the perpetually weak owner of JCA Coatings. Growth in turnover is non existent with margins falling.

    Steer has been given 3 months to turn things around after which he will likely be kicked out and replaced by Mark Leeming of Sinemaster fame. Tempers were frayed at a recent high level meeting when Steer came to announce growth in turnover but correct adding up showed he was wrong and there was no growth at all. Narrowly avoiding the sack, Steer promised a better performance in the future.

    Leeming is fuming after being given a junior role in the combine despite his prior success at Sinemaster and being clearly the more successful choice compared with the accident-prone Steer.

    Meanwhile LKQ Coatings Ltd have avoided filing statutory accounts to conceal the loss of value LKQ Corp have incurred.

    expect more aftermarket takeovers to hide the lack of organic growth.

  3. Paul says:

    Some cynical people might say that the whole APX thing was probably just a fictitious concept from the start. One might speculate that it was designed and marketed with the specific intention of spooking LKQ in to offering Sukhpal his job back?
    Just saying….

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