Andy Hamilton, current UK and Ireland boss of LKQ Euro Car Parts, has been named LKQ’s new European chief as part of a wide-reaching global leadership reshuffle.
Hamilton, who has worked at the corporation since 2011 – and ECP since 2010, will also take on the role of senior vice president of LKQ. Both take effect from January 1. He will be replaced as Euro Car Parts head by Kevan Wooden, currently LKQ UK and Ireland’s chief commercial officer.
In Europe, Hamilton will succeed Varun Laroyia, who will leave the firm at the end of the year. He will, however, serve as a special advisor to Hamilton in 2024 to “ensure a smooth transition”, the brand said.
“I’m excited to be returning to LKQ Europe at such a pivotal moment in the aftermarket’s future,” said Hamilton.
“The LKQ UK & Ireland group of companies are being left in exceptionally good hands with Kevan, who has been a key partner to me during the transformation of the businesses over the last four years.”
It is not known if Hamilton will also continue as ECP boss. CAT has contacted the brands for more information.
President Dominick Zarcone said Hamilton’s “extensive experience” including heading up “our largest and most profitable European operation”, makes him “a natural selection to lead our European team”.
At the same time, east division vice president of LKQ’s wholesale – North America segment John Meyne will take on the role of senior vice president of LKQ and president of wholesale – North America.
It comes after Justin Jude, the company’s current senior vice president and president of its Wholesale – North America segment, was named as current president and chief executive officer Zarcone’s successor, positions he will take on from July 1. Until then – and from January 1 – he will serve as LKQ’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.