Struggling MG Rover Group has strengthened of its sales and marketing organisation with new executives reporting to Rod Ramsay, now managing director, worldwide sales and marketing.

The new appointments include a managing director of UK sales and marketing, a UK corporate sales director, a UK marketing manager and a European sales and marketing director.

For the UK Robert Hazelwood is managing director UK sales and marketing. His previous roles included: managing director Maranello Concessionaires, head of Inchcape Retail, managing director Mazda France, and southern regional manager Nissan Motor GB.

Guy Jones has taken on the role of UK marketing manager for the MG and Rover brands. He joined from Kia where he was marketing director, following a career with Land Rover and Bentley.

Kevin Brown is corporate sales director, rejoining the company after working for consultants KPMG and as head of strategy for the RAC. He had previously worked for Rover's fleet organisation.

Paul Stroud is taking on the new position of European sales and marketing director, moving from the role of commercial director UK. Stroud was previously head of brand strategy and communications and regional director Europe south for MG Rover.

Sales and marketing has now been established as a stand-alone organisation and adds responsibility for aftersales and Phoenix dealerships.