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James Hylton has been promoted to MD of GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK. Hylton had been appointed commercial director last November, having been general manager, sales and marketing since 2011. He has been with the company for more than 12 years and has been in the battery industry for 22 years.

Andrew Taylor, MD and CEO of Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd - a subsidiary of the world-leading GS Yuasa Corporation of Kyoto, Japan - said: “I am personally delighted for James and his promotion is just reward for the hard work, dedication and contribution he has made to the success of the business over the past 12 years.”

Hylton said: “I’m absolutely delighted. This is a very exciting time for GS Yuasa and the industry in general. Demand for batteries is increasing in the sectors in which we operate and at the same time battery technology is advancing at an astonishing rate.

“I’m really looking forward to taking the reins and continuing to drive the business forward.”

Jonathan Pritchard takes over as general manager. Pritchard has more than 15 years of management experience and strong knowledge of the automotive aftermarket, having held sales and management positions at Unipart Autoparts and Sogefi