Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has announced that managing director Steve Bridge will be leaving the business at the end of January 2021.
Bridge – a member of the What Van? Hall of Fame – has been with the brand for 20 years, having started as regional sales manager in May 2000, and quickly progressed to become national fleet sales manager.
Three-and-a-half years later he became sales and marketing director, effectively responsible for the Mercedes-Benz van business unit in the UK.
In January 2014 he became managing director of the Mercedes-Benz Vans brand, responsible for both sales and customer service in the UK, and in January 2017 he headed up the newly-formed board of management for Mercedes-Benz Vans UK as managing director, when the brand became its own legal entity.
Bridge is said to have overseen huge growth, taking sales volumes from 25,000 vehicles a year to 44,000 units in 2019.
He has also overseen the introduction of new models, including electric vans, and piloted many international projects for Mercedes-Benz HQ in Germany.
After leaving Mercedes-Benz, Bridge will be taking over as managing director of eStar Truck & Van, the newest Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealer, based in the North West and North Wales.
Mercedes-Benz Vans UK says his successor will be announced in due course.