Isuzu Motors have announced the successor to Nikki King as Managing Director of Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd. Pete Murphy, who currently heads up the ITUK National Fleet Division, is promoted to Managing Director Designate, with immediate effect, and will be working with Nikki until her retirement at the end of October this year.
After her retirement, Nikki King will continue working with Isuzu as Honorary Chairman to provide a seamless transition.
Commenting on the announcement, Nikki King said, "I am absolutely delighted with Pete’s appointment and cannot think of anyone better to grow the company and keep its very special culture. In the time leading up to my retirement, and subsequently in my new role as Honorary Chairman, I will do everything I can to help Pete in his new position. I am really looking forward to working closely with him."
Pete Murphy originally joined ITUK from Lex Transfleet as a Fleet Sales Executive in 1998 and is one of the company’s longest serving employees. Murphy says, "I would like to state how very honoured, hugely excited and more than a little terrified I am, at the faith Isuzu Motors and Nikki, the most inspirational leader I have ever met, have shown by appointing me in this new role."
"Over the last 17 years Nikki, working together a fantastic team of people at both ITUK and Isuzu Motors, has built an immensely successful company, with a very special culture, and a totally unique attitude to customer care. It has been my privilege to be part of that exciting journey for the last 15 years and I promise Nikki, Isuzu Motors, my colleagues, all of our customers and our dealers, that our unique culture and the way we conduct our business, will not change one bit," added Pete Murphy.
"Yuki" Murata, Chairman of ITUK and Isuzu Europe said, "This is the most important decision we have made since ITUK became a wholly owned subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Ltd earlier this year. However, after some months’ evaluation, we are confident we have made the right decision and are pleased to see Pete in his new role, whilst I do regret seeing my friend Nikki go. Having said that, she will still be around and in touch with us all. Nikki has been a legend for Isuzu and I want to take this opportunity to thank her for all she has done for us and all she will still do for us."