Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> November 27, 2000
Paul Dixon – Dixon Motors Plc (dxml)
PAUL DIXON is the Chief Executive of Dixon Motors Plc. He began his working life as an accountant for 13 years. In 1973 he opened his first showroom and forecourt concentrating on selling low mileage family and executive motor cars, which later grew to Paul Dixon Car Sales in October 1977. He acquired his first new car franchise with Rover in 1985 and just a year later opened a second with General Motors. In the latter part of that year the business was integrated into Corton Beach Plc where Mr Dixon was to head up their motor division. Mr Dixons skills as CEO of the motor division brought success for the company in car sales, contract hire, automotive parts and Yorkshires largest motor body shop. In just three years, profits rose from GBP310,000 to GBP1.8million. Mr Dixon successfully led a management buy out team to purchase the motor division in November 1990 and so, Dixon Motors Plc was born. Dixon Motors Plc is one of the largest car retailers in the UK, currently selling more than 70,000 cars from its 57 dealerships each year, and representing more than 85% of the UK mainstream motoring brands. The groups Carnell brand, acquired in 1997, is the number one in UK motorcycle sales. As CEO Mr Dixon is responsible for the overall strategy, acquisitions and operations whilst maintaining a hands on approach to the business which currently has a turnover of GBP660 million. Profile
TWST: Paul, could you start us off with a brief corporate profile of Dixon Motors, please?
Mr. Dixon: Were a major retailer and repairer of motor cars and motorcycles for everyday