Citroën appoints managing director

Citroën has announced that Karl Howkins will take over the role of UK managing director. Karl will replace Bek Hassan who transfers to a senior position in Paris, working for the PSA Group.

British born Karl is currently managing director of Opel Switzerland, a position he has held since July 2016. Prior to this, his most recent roles were deputy managing director of FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK, managing director of Opel Netherlands and fleet operations director for Vauxhall Motors. Karl started his career as a management trainee in a Vauxhall dealership.

Commenting on his new appointment, Karl said, ‘I am delighted to return to the UK at such an exciting time in the development of the Citroën brand. With a raft of new products on the horizon, including the flagship New C5 Aircross SUV this autumn, the opportunities are fantastic to drive profitable growth with our dealer partners.’