1 October 2019

Gowan Group take over Opel Ireland: New MD is James Brooks

James Brooks
The Gowan Group has today formally completed the acquisition of Opel Ireland and has appointed James Brooks as Managing Director of the Opel operations in Ireland, writes Trish Whelan.

James will succeed Gillian Whittall who is leaving the Company following the successful completion of the acquisition. A qualified accountant, he is joining Opel Ireland from Kia Motors Ireland where he was Managing Director. He is former Treasurer and President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry.

Michael Dwan, Gowan Group Managing Director said: “We are delighted to announce that James will be joining Opel Ireland as MD. He has huge experience in the Irish motor industry forged initially as Finance Director, Fleet Director and Business Development Manager at Opel Ireland for 9 years and latterly, as MD of Kia for 14 years. He is a highly regarded leader and I am confident that he will lead the Opel brand back to the market position it can justifiably achieve.”

Mr Dwan paid tribute to Gillian who he said ‘has been very professional and supportive as we transitioned ownership of the Opel brand in Ireland. She leaves with our thanks and very best wishes.”

James Brooks said he is genuinely excited by this opportunity and looks forward to getting on board with Opel Ireland and meeting all the people associated with the business. He added: “The commitment made by Gowan Group in acquiring Opel Ireland represents a serious statement of intent. This is a great brand with an exciting product pipeline, a strong dealer network and customer base. We are ambitious to develop and significantly grow the brand in the months and years to come.”