Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has appointed Richard Chamberlain as SAIC Maxus country manager for the UK and Ireland.

Chamberlain joins the company from Stellantis, where he was previously LCV director for Stellantis UK and country manager for Fiat Professional.

Maxus products are distributed by Harris Group in right-hand drive European markets, and Chamberlain will be working with the Harris Maxus team in a supportive role.

He said: “This is a great opportunity to join an exciting and growing brand that is leading the industry with a wide portfolio of electric products and significant traction in a number of sectors. 

“I’m looking forward to working closely and supporting the Harris Maxus brand as we embark on the next stage of the journey.”

Harris Maxus managing director Mark Barrett said: “We look forward to working with Richard and SAIC to further grow the Maxus brand in the UK and Ireland. 

“Since we relaunched the brand here in 2016, we’ve enjoyed sustained growth in both markets. 

“With a diverse range of premium vehicles, and with even more new models on their way, Maxus is set for even more success into the future. 

“It’s an exciting time for the brand and Richard’s arrival could not have come at a better time.”