Imperial Commercials is an established and highly-regarded dealership name in the UK transport industry, offering truck and van sales and customer support through DAF, Fiat, Ford, Isuzu Trucks, Isuzu Pickups, Iveco, LDV, MAN, Renault and VW franchise outlets spread across more than 30 sites. In addition, it operates its own successful online van sales – Best Van Deals. The business includes the largest DAF Trucks dealer group in Europe and continues to look for opportunities to grow organically through existing brands, new franchises and possible acquisitions.
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. manages the automotive interests of Imperial Holdings Ltd. in the United Kingdom. These encompass 112 vehicle franchise outlets at 68 locations: truck and van operations number 84 franchise outlets; passenger vehicles, 28 franchise outlets. The business additionally operates two specialist commercial vehicle body shops and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. operates the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group and, with its passenger vehicle interests included, ranks inside the Top 15 of all UK automotive dealer groups. The company has annual revenues of over £1 billion and employs almost 3000 people across its operations.
A NEW NAME IN UK AUTOMOTIVE LEADERSHIP
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. is the new name for IH Mobility Holdings (UK) Ltd., a group that has grown successfully across the UK over the years, with interests in trucks and vans, passenger cars, parts, servicing, body repairs and bodybuilding and the supply of commercial vehicle equipment such as tail-lifts, curtain-sides and roller doors. With the move by our South African operating parent company toward the Motus name – ‘motus’ is Latin for motion – Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. has been adopted as the new name for our leading UK automotive group. Although our name changes, our dedication, to the high standards of business that have helped us become one of the UK’s most successful independent groups, will remain and grow.
A CONTINUING TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. will continue the well-established traditions of the business to date; service excellence, reflected in all that we do, complemented by the high-quality commercial and passenger vehicles marques that we represent.
Currently, these include: Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Dacia, DAF, Fiat, Ford, Isuzu, Jeep, Kia, LDV, MAN, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Seat, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. Combined sales figures place the company well inside the Top 15 of UK automotive dealer groups overall.
Motus will be powered by its people – a diverse combination of experienced, educated and energetic individuals – whose progress will rely on strategic clarity, operational excellence and innovation. In short we are dedicated to powering the progress of Motus to become a highly competitive world class vehicle group.
OUR UK OPERATING DIVISIONS
Motus Corporation comprises of four sub-divisions
A variety of high quality commercial vehicle products and services are channelled through the operations of Imperial Vehicle Solutions: truck and trailer parts through its TTE and RDP operations; body conversions from its Mackworth brand; curtain-sides at its Halesowen site; and supply of tail lifts and shutter doors through its Humberside Tail Lifts business, which also supplies tail lift parts with its parts4taillifts.com.
Two of the UK’s biggest and best Mercedes Benz truck and van dealerships, S&B Commercials and Orwell Truck & Van, are managed through the Mercedes Division. Customers benefit from the pooled expertise and market knowledge, as well as practical assistance in areas such as finance, stock-holdings and parts and service availability
Pentagon Motor Group was established in March 1991 with just one Vauxhall dealership in Derby. Today, the business operates some 37 franchise outlets for major brands of cars and vans, from 23 sites across the East Midlands and North.
UK MANAGEMENT TEAM
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Osman Suluman Arbee
Chief Executive Officer
BAcc, CA(SA), HDip Tax
Osman was appointed the CEO of Motus Corporation on 1 March 2017.
Osman has been with the Imperial Group since September 2004. During this period, he has been the CFO of IMPERIAL, CEO of the then Car Rental and Tourism division, and the chairperson of the Aftermarket Parts and the Automotive Retail divisions.
Osman is a member of various Imperial subsidiary and divisional boards, including the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands, a trustee of the Imperial Pension and Provident Fund and the Ukhamba Trust which manages the interests of the black employees of the group, chairman of the Medical Aid Fund and a trustee of the Imperial and Ukhamba Community Development Trust.
He was appointed to the board in July 2007 and served as CFO of IMPERIAL from 1 July 2013 to 28 February 2016.</p>
Prior to joining the group, Osman was a Senior Partner at Deloitte and spent 23 years with Deloitte in various roles, which included being a board and executive committee member.
Ockert Janse van Rensburg
Chief Financial Officer
BCompt, CA(SA), HDip Co Law
Ockert is chief financial officer of Motus.
Ockert has been with the greater Imperial group since January 2015, during this time he has been the CFO for Associated Motor Holdings.
Prior to joining the group, he was the chief financial officer of a large multinational food manufacturing and distribution company, Foodcorp Holdings for seven years. Prior to joining Foodcorp, he held the position as partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.
Ray Levin is the managing director of KIA Motors South Africa and has been at the helm of KIA Motors South Africa for the last 19 years. He is also one of the most long standing CEO’s in the South African Automotive industry.
Ray has managed to grow the business by expanding the dealer footprint from 0 to 80 dealerships across the country and significantly increasing the KIA vehicle car park in South Africa.
Philip Bernard Michaux
CEO – Retail and Rental
Philip is the CEO of the Vehicle Retail and Rental division. He started his career in the motor industry in 1981 with Saficon Holdings and has held various management positions within the industry over the years. He spent the first 23 years within the Mercedes-Benz franchise. Imperial acquired Saficon in 1995, which resulted in him joining the group. He was the managing director of Cargo Motors until 2006 at which time he was promoted to CEO of the Automotive Retail division. His portfolio was expanded to include the Car Rental and Aftermarket Parts divisions in his previous position as CEO of Vehicle Retail, Rental and Aftermarket Parts.
CEO: Aftermarket Parts
Malcolm is the CEO of the Aftermarket Parts Division. He began his career at Telkom having completed a BSc (Electrical Engineering) degree at Wits University. He then entered the private sector with BMI, an Industrial Market Research company after completing his MBA, also from Wits. In 1989 he started his own Marketing and Consulting Company which specialised in the automotive and engineering sectors. Malcolm joined Imperial in 2013 as the Managing Director of Parts Incorporated, a division of Aftermarket Solutions.
CEO – Motus Financial Services
BCom Acc, Dip Acc, CA(SA)
Kerry is the CEO of Motus Financial Services. Prior to joining the group in 2002, Kerry was an audit manager at Deloitte & Touche. Kerry held multiple senior positions at Associated Motor Holdings and LiquidCapital. Kerry was promoted to managing director of LiquidCapital (Pty) Limited in April 2010.
Managing Director - Renault SA
Jaco Oosthuizen is Managing Director of Renault South Africa effective 1st July 2017.
Jaco joined the Imperial Group in 2001, where he assumed numerous positions across the organization. His initial appointment was within AMH Financial Services (now Liquid Capital), prior to a one year retail assignment with AMH Multi-Franchise dealerships. Subsequently Jaco fulfilled the Managing Director role at Daihatsu South Africa and Mitsubishi South Africa.
Jaco started his career at Deloitte & Touche in 1996, where he attained his qualification as Chartered Accountant (CA (SA)).
Managing Director - KIA SA
Gary joined Kia Motors from Deloitte in 2002, where he qualified as a CA(SA). His 15 years automotive experience includes stints in Finance, Group Projects and Parts. He most recently served as Sales Director, from 2013 to 2017.
Niall Lynch took over as Managing Director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa in 2016, replacing Alan Ross, Who had served as the CEO for the past 15 years
Niall was previously the managing director of Renault South Africa and before that held several franchise director positions within Imperial.
He has a B.Com and MBS degree from the University of South Africa and the University College Dublin respectively.
Chief People Officer
Michele Seroke is the Chief People Officer of Motus effective 1st July 2017. She first entered Imperial as HR Director for the legacy Vehicle Retail and Rental and Aftermarket Parts division in August 2016. Her career began in ESKOM after obtaining her BSocSci degree from UCT. She has held strategic senior management and executive positions in HR, both locally and internationally, at several organisations, including Eskom, the National Productivity Institute, ArcelorMittal, General Electric, and the Department of Energy’s Central Energy Fund.
Chief Information Officer
BSc Computer Science, BSc (Hons) Operations Research, MBA
David is the Chief Information Officer for Motus
David was the CIO of the Imperial VRRAP division for two years, and prior to that was a director of Resolve Solution Partners (part of the Imperial Logistics group) for 15 years. Before founding Resolve, David was involved in information systems and business strategy for a number of South African based companies