Clive Hammond takes the helm at Zawawi Mercedes-Benz as the new CEO

22nd January 2014. Clive Hammond takes the helm at Zawawi Mercedes-Benz as the new CEO. Published in Times of Oman on 21st Jan 2014.

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Zawawi Trading Company (ZTC) – the authorised general distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Oman ? has appointed Clive Hammond as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its automotive division starting January 2014. Hammond takes over from Craig Hardie, who served as CEO for ZTC?s Mercedes-Benz dealership over the last three years.

Hammond began his automotive career 27 years ago with Jaguar Cars Ltd UK and brings to ZTC a wealth of experience from all areas of the luxury automotive business. He also worked with other brands including Aston Martin and Audi.

He joins ZTC from JCT600 Ltd, one of the largest motor groups in the UK, where he served as the Mercedes-Benz Brand Director and BMW / Mini Brand Director.

Welcoming his successor, Craig Hardie said: ?Mercedes-Benz is entering a new phase of expansion in Oman and Hammond brings extensive experience and leadership skills to drive this growth across all areas within ZTC?s automotive division. The next few years are a crucial step in aligning and accomplishing our business goals, which include driving sales for passenger and commercial vehicles, continuing to deliver smooth and efficient after-sales services across various areas in Oman and maintaining Mercedes-Benz as the leading luxury automotive brand.?

ZTC?s years of building “best in class” customer experiences in Oman provide Hammond with a solid foundation to further strengthen ZTC?s performance across its entire automotive operation. A focus to deliver unrivalled customer satisfaction through all four of the company?s sales, service and parts outlets continues to be the core strategy for ZTC in Oman.

Hammond also has previous experience in the Middle Eastern market joining Ebrahim K. Kanoo?s automotive division in 2008 as the Group General Manager, Sales, Marketing and Communications.

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