Citroen CEO Jackson leads IMI awards
08 March 2018
Author: Sean Keywood
The CEO of Citroen has received a major industry award.
Linda Jackson received the Sue Brownson Award for Outstanding Leadership in Automotive at the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) annual dinner.
Jackson's motoring career began when she took a holiday job at Rover, later turning down a university place to stay with the company.
Rover sponsored her through her MBA at Warwick Business School, which she pursued through evening classes while managing the group's finances.
Having worked for Rover in the UK and France, Jackson was headhunted by Citroën to become finance director of its UK subsidiary in 2005.
In 2009 she moved to France as finance director, returning to the UK in 2010 as managing director. Her success in that role led to her being called back to Citroën's Paris head office in 2014 as worldwide head of the brand.
The award she received was created four years ago in honour of the IMI's former president, the late Sue Brownson OBE.
Jackson said: "I am honoured to have been presented with the Sue Brownson Award and would like to thank the IMI for this prestigious accolade.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the IMI on the work it does to develop professional standards across the automotive sector in the UK. "From the support of apprenticeship programmes to its leadership of the industry during times of change, the IMI's contribution is fundamental for the future success of the sector in Britain."
IMI CEO Steve Nash said: "I believe that Sue Brownson, after whom this award is named, would herself have truly admired Linda Jackson as a role model in general, but especially for her ground breaking achievements in demonstrating that gender should not be a barrier to the very highest attainment in our industry.
"And it is a delightful accident of coincidence that we have bestowed the award on the eve of International Women's Day.
"Linda is a fantastic role model for young people that the retail motor industry provides fantastic opportunities, regardless of gender or background."
The evening also saw the following awards issued:
. Contribution to the Motor Industry - Andy Tuberfield of Halfords Autocentres for being a tireless supporter and promoter of female apprentices and MOT testers.
. Contribution to the Work of the IMI - Katheryn Beaurain from Pro Align for support of the IMI SkillAuto competitions.
. Outstanding Individual Achievement - Paul Sewell of Chesterfield College for achieving dramatic improvements in results through a new approach to training.
. Key Contact - Paul Jarvis, for his dedication to building support for IMI members in the Birmingham area.
Three Honorary Fellowship Awards were also given, to John Bloor of Triumph Motorcycles; Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover group sales operations director and Dr Ian Robertson, member of the main board of BMW.