The Board of Gowan Distributors Limited, Peugeot Importers in Ireland, is pleased to announce the appointment of George Harbourne as Managing Director Designate, with immediate effect. George will replace David McConnell as Managing Director, when David retires on 15th September 2010. David will remain as Non-Executive Director for a year post retirement and will work closely with the Gowan Distributors management team, to ensure a smooth transition.
George joined Gowan Distributors in 1985 and brings a wealth of expertise and experience in all aspects of the motor industry to his new role. He spent many years developing the Peugeot parts business before taking responsibility for overall aftersales in 2004, where he again initiated many positive changes with a commercial and sales focus. In 2008 he was appointed Commercial Director, assuming responsibility for both sales and aftersales.
Commenting on the appointment, Gowan Group Managing Director, Michael Dwan stated, “George has been appointed Managing Director of the Peugeot franchise at a very challenging, but nonetheless exciting time. Following a very difficult eighteen months, we are witnessing a return to growth in the Irish Motor Industry with Peugeot’s market share rising steadily to 3.9%. George’s experience, gained over many years in all aspects of the business, is vital as we continue to work through these challenging times. Assisted by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Gowan Distributors team and the Peugeot Dealer Network, I am confident that George Harbourne, in his new position, will take the Peugeot franchise in Ireland to even greater heights in the years ahead.”
George, a keen golfer and member of the Balcarrick Golf Club, North County Dublin, is married to Nuala and has three sons. His motto in life has always been, “Do the best you can today – no one is promised tomorrow.”