WhoCanFixMyCar has appointed Kevern Thompson as its new chief executive officer.

Thompson, who will be taking the reins from interim CEO, David Loy,  joins the company after eight years working in software.

He brings in a blend of knowledge from across multiple sectors and 38 years of automotive experience.

WhoCanFixMyCar is the UK’s largest online marketplace for car repairs and maintenance, helping millions of drivers each year compare prices on repair services from the UK’s biggest network of trusted garages.

Since launching in 2011,  WhoCanFixMyCar has built the UK’s largest garage network of over 15,000 top rated garages, mobile mechanics and dealerships, helping them quote and book the workshop jobs that maximize the potential of their business.

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His background in vehicle manufacture, insurance and crash repair, and some of the largest global brands, positions him well to lead WhoCanFixMyCar in delivering greater strategic initiatives to enhance its brand, add value to customers and strengthen commercial partnerships.

Thompson said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at WhoCanFixMyCar at such an exciting time for the business. The company is looking to the future, with an experienced team across automotive and technology and a strong foothold at the centre of the automotive repair ecosystem.

“I see ample opportunities for WhoCanFixMyCar to strengthen this position further, creating a community through technology and being agile in how it provides effective solutions during significant sector transformation.”

Having worked with both global brands and start-ups, Thompson’s success record in global leadership and brand development, will be leveraged to ensure the business is agile in providing technology and products to meet changes in vehicle ownership and reducing friction in the supply chain for customers.

The new appointment marks another positive change for WhoCanFixMyCar, following its acquisition by Niterra EMEA GmbH (formerly NGK) in June last year. It comes at a time when the wider automotive industry is undergoing significant transformation, presenting greater opportunities for the technology business.

David Loy, general manager of global aftermarket and digital business at Niterra EMEA said: “WhoCanFixMyCar is at a turning point and with new leadership and new energy comes many new opportunities.

“We are looking to the future, not just in terms of business growth, but in how the automotive industry is evolving. Our focus is to cement WhoCanFixMyCar’s place in that future, and Kevern’s appointment as CEO marks an important step towards that goal.”

Thompson’s experience in software will be an asset to WhoCanFixMyCar which recognises its need to be agile in the face of advancing technology. The car maintenance marketplace is making plans with this, and the future of car ownership, in mind, to ensure it meets the needs of its customers and differentiates itself in a competitive market. moves to new Newcastle office