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20 April, 2021 - 22:28 By Tony Quested

Marshall Motor Holdings mourns death of iconic chairman

Almost 1,000 tributes had been received by Marshall Motor Holdings plc within 72 hours of the death of its cherished chairman Richard Parry-Jones following an accident near his home in Wales. Richard was 69.

He had chaired the board since January 2019 and has overseen incredible growth for the business across the UK.

During his 30-year career at Ford as Group Vice-President of Global Product Development and subsequently its Chief Technical Officer he was responsible for the development and launch of a string of iconic cars.

These included the Escort RS, the Ka, the Fiesta, the Mondeo and working through the range to launch of the Focus in 1998, which set new standards for cars of its type across the world.  

He was so well respected and many of the world’s leading automotive executives turned to Richard for his advice and counsel. He was also recently appointed to the board of Aston Martin whom he had advised for many years. 

Marshall Motor Holdings CEO Daksh Gupta, said: “Richard was not only an exemplary chairman but also a great mentor and friend to me. He was very passionate about Marshall and was excited about the future prospects for the group. 

“We were so fortunate to have him as our chairman and I will miss him enormously; it is a tragedy that we, and the wider industry, have lost him so soon.”

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