Daniel Stone has been appointed Head of Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles at Marshall Truck & Van.
Stone (pictured) joined the Marshall Motor Group in 2014 to run Mercedes-Benz car dealerships in Chichester and Winchester as General Manager. He spent the previous 16 years of his career working in a variety of sales roles for two other automotive groups.
Although Stone’s CV includes some light commercial vehicle experience, his new job represents his first real venture into the world of trucks and vans. Marshall Truck & Van was established in 2016, following the £107m acquisition by Marshall Motor Holdings of the previous Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Mercedes-Benz Vans franchisee’s parent company.
It is the Mercedes-Benz dealer in Dorset, most of Hampshire and parts of south London with headquarters in Fareham, and other branches in Andover, Croydon, Poole, and Southampton. Stone said: “I’ve inherited a fantastic team of colleagues, many of whom have worked for this business under previous owners.
“Several of my senior managers have chalked-up decades of loyal service and accumulated a huge amount of technical knowledge, which will be an invaluable resource to me”. The appointment coincides with the beginning of construction work on a new, £4m dealership on the Nursling Industrial Estate, Southampton, close to the company’s established 24-hour service centre, which it has now outgrown.
The two-acre site offers scope for much-needed workshop expansion, and the new facility is scheduled to open in October. Meanwhile, the dealer is also preparing to retail vans from Marshall’s Mercedes-Benz of Portsmouth passenger car outlet on the Portsmouth Motor Park.
Under this plan, a section of the showroom is to be set aside for up to three vans, with a further 15-20 Approved Used examples being displayed outside. “My task is to provide strategic direction and leadership as we embark on what is going to be a very important, exciting phase in the development of Marshall Truck & Van”, Stone added. “I also understand the importance of relationships within the truck and fleet van sectors.”