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Autotech Connect announces director appointments as the division scales up

Date: Wednesday 07 February 2024

Autotech Group has announced the appointment of Laurence Abbott as Managing Director of its Autotech Connect division, along with Darren Dowling as Client Services Director.

Moving from his original position of Group Marketing & Technology Director, Laurence has also become Autotech Group’s Chief Technology Officer, joining the company’s Group Leadership Team.

Instrumental in the initial launch of Autotech Connect last year, in his new position as Managing Director, Laurence is set to drive the division forward, spearheading new partnerships and opportunities to help the aftermarket effectively implement technology into their businesses to cover skills gaps and mitigate the growing risk of cybercrime.

While officially joining Autotech Group back in 2020, Laurence previously worked extensively alongside the company from when it was founded in 2010 as director of digital agency, FNSCreative. Over the years Laurence has played a significant role in the creation of solutions for the company, underpinned by technology and cutting-edge digital tools.

Supporting Laurence is Darren Dowling, who brings a wealth of automotive aftermarket experience to the role. With a career spanning 30 years, from apprentice to director, Darren holds a considerable amount of knowledge, particularly within the commercial fleet sector, and will be fundamental to the growth of Autotech Connect.

The Autotech Connect team will also be boosted later this year with further appointments to support Laurence and Darren as the division scales up.

“Autotech Connect is entering a phase of growth,” Comments Managing Director, Laurence Abbott. “Since its initial launch last year, the team has been building partnerships with technological specialists and leveraging their expertise to create solutions to help aftermarket businesses run as effectively as possible while helping them build a robust digital infrastructure.

This work has enabled us to build successful proof points following a series of trials. Now, with the support of Darren and the growing Autotech Connect team, I am looking forward to sharing this amongst the wider sector and demonstrating to them how, by effectively harnessing technology and Assisted Reality, they can overcome skills shortages and run more efficiently as a business.”

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