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Gowan Group appoints new chairman

The Gowan Group has appointed Liam FitzGerald as non-executive director and chairman designate.

Mr FitzGerald will succeed Michael Maughan when he steps down as chairman of the Gowan Group this May. Mr Maughan will remain on the board as a director.

Liam FitzGerald

Liam FitzGerald is the former chief executive of UDG Healthcare plc and is currently an advisor to US private equity firm, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

Mr Maughan has been chairman of the Gowan Group for 27 years, a period through which the company has developed and grown into the substantial, diversified business it is today.

Commenting on announcement, Michael Maughan said: “It has been a privilege to serve as chairman of Gowan Group for almost three decades. I’d like to thank the management and the shareholders for their trust and support and pay tribute to their vision and commitment over this period. The Group is in a stronger position than ever before which is a testament to all our colleagues across the business. I believe that now is a good time to appoint a new chairman and I welcome Liam to the board. He is a high calibre appointment and I will work closely with him to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months.”

Liam FitzGerald expressed his delight at joining the group’s board: “It is a fine, well managed family business, with a strong reputation in the market and a great portfolio of brands. I will be honoured to succeed Michael as chairman in May and look forward to working with him and with each of the other board members in the years ahead.”

The Gowan Group is the exclusive importer and distributor of Peugeot and Honda motor vehicles in the Republic of Ireland, which are sold through a network of independent dealers. The Group has imported Peugeot for 50 years and Honda for 35 years. In September 2019, the Gowan Group acquired Opel Ireland and is now Opel’s Irish wholesale import partner. In addition, to Peugeot, Honda and Opel, the group also retails Kia in Ireland and provides after-sales service for Citroen.