LKQ confirms Sukhpal departure

LKQ Corporation has announced Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia has resigned from his positions as a director of LKQ Corporation and as executive chairman of its Euro Car Parts (ECP) subsidiary in the United Kingdom, effective today.

This follows the announcement that Martin Gray has also left the company.

Sukhpal founded a company 40 years ago that eventually became Euro Car Parts, which has grown to be the leading distributor of aftermarket automotive parts in the UK. Sukhpal sold ECP to LKQ in late 2011 and stayed on as CEO until 2014 when he became executive chairman.

Over the past several years Sukhpal and his three sons have developed a substantial property business in the United Kingdom, where more recently he has focused most of his time and energy.

Dominick Zarcone, president and chief executive officer of LKQ Corporation, stated, ‘Sukhpal has been a key partner with LKQ over the past seven years as we have quadrupled the size of our business in the UK, and he has served as a valued LKQ board member. While we will miss his insights, we respect his desire to spend all his time focused on the family property business and wish him nothing but the best in those endeavours.’

Sukhpal Singh commented, ‘ECP has been my life’s work and there will always be a bit of the company in me. I have enjoyed my relationship with LKQ but the time has come for a change so I can devote my full abilities to building the property business with my sons. I am confident in the strategy LKQ has for its European segment and for the next level of growth and operational excellence at ECP.’

Joseph M. Holsten, chairman of the board of LKQ stated, ‘All of us at LKQ thank Sukhpal for everything he has done to build ECP over the years and extend our best wishes for much continued success.’