Motorpoint appoints first ever Chief Operating Officer

Motorpoint has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of its first-ever Chief Operating Officer.

50-year-old Andy Smyth joins the independent car retailer from equipment and servicing specialist JLA where for the last six years he worked as Group Operations Director. Andy will be based at Motorpoint’s newly-opened group headquarters on Pride Park in Derby.

Andy, who spent over 25 years working in senior roles within British Gas, most notably as Head of Operations, as well as a couple of years heading up the Scottish Governments £200M Energy Assistance Programme as part of their strategy to reduce Fuel Poverty, will oversee vehicle preparation and logistics together with operational excellence and business improvement across the company’s network of branches throughout England, Scotland and Wales. This will include Motorpoint’s new multi-million pound purpose-built Vehicle Preparation Centre in Peterborough.

“Motorpoint is a hugely ambitious business, and the opportunity to affect change and really make a difference to the car buying experience for our customers, is one I am extremely excited about,” explained Andy, who has a BSc in Psychology and an MBA “I thoroughly enjoyed myself at JLA and loved the speed of pace of working in private equity but the opportunity to come and join Motorpoint was one I couldn’t resist.

“I’ve been incredibly impressed from day one by the vision of the executive team as well as the culture of continuous improvement which, when backed by the quality of the cars and the spirit of the teams on the ground, makes Motorpoint a very compelling proposition.”

Married with three children, Andy lives in Goole, West Yorkshire with his wife Dawn. A life long Celtic fan, who started his playing career alongside Champions League Winner Paul Lambert, Andy was signed as a youth with Partick Thistle, before going on to play semi-professionally for a number of years before retiring. Today, he turns out for the ‘overs’ team at his local village annual Boxing Day game.

Mark Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer of Motorpoint, added: “Andy joins us from JLA, a company that specialises in ensuring efficient delivery of equipment where quality, consistency of service and speed are critical measures, and we look forward to him bringing these qualities to Motorpoint as we go from ‘Good to Great’ in all aspects of our business.”