‘Inspirational’ motor business chief Jim Tyrrell dies, aged 66

SsangYong Motor UK government chairman and former Mitsubishi Motor UK managing director and chairman Jim Tyrrell has died all of a sudden on the age of 66.

AM understands that Tyrrell, who additionally spent virtually 15 years at Ford Motor Firm in an in depth profession within the UK, dies from a suspected coronary heart assault at his dwelling in France on Saturday (June 11).

An announcement issued by SsangYong Motor UK stated: “We’re very unhappy to listen to of the sudden passing of Jim Tyrrell. Our condolences exit to his companion, Julia, and kids, Katie and Anna.”

Katie Tyrrell responded to tributes paid from throughout the automotive sector this week, merely stating that her father had been “probably the most excellent dad I might have ever wished for”.

Former Mitsubishi Motors UK managing director Lance Bradley, now the chief government at Gloucester Rugby – of which Tyrrell was a lifelong fan – described the information of his sudden demise as “unbelievably unhappy”.

Bradley, who joined Tyrell at Mitsubishi throughout a interval that remodeled the Japanese automotive model’s UK fortunes, stated: “I’d identified Jim for 33 years; he was my second boss at Ford, two months into my profession. I adopted him to Mitsubishi, and discovered just about every part I knew in regards to the auto business and management from him.”

Tyrell left Mitsubishi in 2009 and labored for Paisley-based automotive retailer Phoenix Car Company prior to its acquisition by Arnold Clark.

He joined Ssangyong Motor UK as government chairman following Paul Williams’ 2019 resignation as chief government.

Earlier this month AM reported that the SsangYong Motor UK enterprise – operated by UK importer Bassadone Automotive – had hailed its return to profitability after seven years of losses as a “major milestone” in a yr of restricted new automotive provides and continued COVID-19 disruption.

It delivered an 18.6% rise in turnover to £44.2 million and rotated a £4.7m pre-tax loss in 2020 to ship a £506,000 revenue within the 12-month interval to December 31, 2021.

Bradley stated: “He was a really inspirational determine. His love of Gloucester Rugby was immense. He’s going to be vastly missed by everybody who knew him.

“Our ideas exit to his companion and particularly his two daughters.”

Taking to LinkedIn to pay his respects, Marshall Motor Group group business director Adrian Wallington stated: “Jim was at all times extremely supportive, a real loss to our business.”

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