DAMEON Grove has been appointed General Manager of Iveco Retail, the South Eastdealer group with full service locations in Croydon, Farnborough, Hayes and Reading.
Grove is a time-served commercial vehicle technician who began his apprenticeship in 1990. He moved to Iveco main dealer Peter Brown Commercials four years later, before the business was acquired by Polar Trucks and later Stormont Truck & Van – where Grove served as Workshop Foreman.
Between 2005 and 2015 he was employed by independent Scania dealer TruckEast, initially as Service Manager, before being promoted to Depot Manager and then Regional General Manager.
Prior to joining Iveco Retail he was employed at Ryder as Location Manager for its significant Oldbury depot – responsible for the largest fleet and the largest team within the company’s UK branch network.
Grove said: “I was approached with the opportunity to head up Iveco Retail and I jumped at the chance. My passion has always been within dealerships, and it was clear to me very quickly that Iveco Retail had huge potential to grow.”
Grove plans to spend his first six months splitting his time equally between the four dealer sites, with longer term plans to base himself from Hayes by the end of 2019 – positioned in the middle of Iveco Retail’s area of responsibility.
All four Retail sites are Iveco Truck Stations – part of a network of 250 specialised and dealers across Europe offering advanced heavy truck expertise. These sites have each passed a rigorous set of standards covering staff training, extended opening hours, higher parts availability and a drivers’ lounge, with wash facilities.