Steve Young – ICDP

Steve joined ICDP in March 2010 although he has links with the organisation going back to its formation in 1994. ICDP is a research and consultancy business, working mainly in Europe, focused solely on the distribution area, in both sales and aftersales. It works with member organisations and clients to encourage and support improvements to the current business model which remains largely unchanged after over 100 years. The research provides members with data, insights into best practice and views on future developments and strategic options.

Previously, Steve was chief executive of LDV Group and chief operating officer of GAZ International. During his tenure he led a turnaround of LDV, recruiting new dealers in the UK and launching export markets in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain. He also introduced new channels for remarketing used vehicles and a branded daily rental business. Prior to LDV he was involved on the ‘buy’ side in two significant merger and acquisition deals in the auto industry, and served as a non-executive director of Ashok Leyland, the Indian truck and bus manufacturer.

From 1985-2004, he was one of the leaders of the A.T. Kearney global automotive practice, working with manufacturers, suppliers and distributors in Europe, America and Asia. He led the development of the IndeGo ‘next generation car company’ concept which incorporated a number of fundamental changes to the distribution model on both new car supply and aftermarket customer relationships, with a core theme of ‘car for life, customer for life’.

He started his industry career with British Leyland and Ford Motor Company, having originally graduated in production engineering, and has a postgraduate diploma in Management Studies.

When not working his interests are fast cars, flying helicopters and travel.

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