Ford of Britain's wholly owned dealer group, Ford Retail, has appointed Stuart Kerr as CEO following the departure of Chris Hayden.

Kerr was previously regional president for Volvo Car Corporation in Europe and has extensive experience in retailing, including the successful launch of Volvo distributorship and dealership operations in South Africa.

With 60 sites across the UK, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland, Ford Retail is one of the largest dealer groups in the country and the largest Ford dealer group in the world.

Retailing under strong regional brands such as Dagenham Motors, Polar Ford, Heartlands Ford, Brunel Ford and Lindsay Ford, it employs over 3,000 people and sells around 75,000 vehicles a year with a turnover of around GBP1bn (US$1.6bn).