Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has strengthened its line up with the appointment of Stephen Blackburn as Director of After-Sales and Business Development. Previously General Manager of the Wholesale and Logistics Department, he joined the company in 1995 from BP Oil International, and had responsibility for Franchising from 1997-1999 before being promoted to General Manager in May 1999.

Mr Blackburn, 40, takes up his new role with immediate effect and will be responsible for developing and implementing new business opportunities for Mitsubishi as well as directing After-Sales activities. He will continue to oversee the Mitsubishi Ralliart Sales operation, which Mitsubishi Motors took over full responsibility for earlier this year, Export and Portbury (Mitsubishi's import centre operations.

Since restructuring started at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK last year, Jim Tyrrell, ex Ford and Mazda was appointed Managing Director in May, Paul Williams, ex Daihatsu became Sales and Marketing Director in September 1999 with Mr Masaki Takahashi becoming Finance Director last July joining from Mitsubishi Corporation. Mr Nobuyuki Murahashi also recently joined Mitsubishi as Vice-Chairman.

Jim Tyrrell, Managing Director says; "Stephen's appointment is an integral part of the company's new structure and will strengthen lines of communications between ourselves and our dealers and customers. His experience with developing new business opportunities is fundamental to our programme for the future."

Mr Blackburn says; "At a time of significant change within the motor industry, there is a fantastic opportunity for us to focus on and to develop new business opportunities. We also need to continue to build upon a very well established Parts and Service business to maintain our competitive advantage. Despite the current difficult trading conditions we will continue to be proactive in increasing our commercial opportunities and to build good relations with even more customers. I am personally proud and delighted to be continuing the family involvement with the Company."

Stephen Blackburn is son of David Blackburn, one of the founders of The Colt Car Company Ltd, importers of Mitsubishi vehicles into the UK since 1974.