KPMG has appointed Justin Benson as the firm’s new UK head of automotive with immediate effect.

Benson joined KPMG in 2000 and has worked in the automotive sector for over a decade, having led and worked on a wide range of projects in areas including supply chain optimisation, information technology, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management.

As well as leading the UK automotive team, Benson will continue his role as Brexit lead for the firm’s industrial manufacturing practice. 

Benson succeeds John Leech, who has led the UK automotive practice since 2011 and will now focus on his recently expanded portfolio of audit clients.

Commenting on Benson’s appointment, Stephen Cooper, UK head of industrial manufacturing at KPMG, said: “I look forward to working with Justin, who brings an already established network, innovative thinking and significant operational skills to the fore at a time when the automotive sector is on the cusp of disruption from electrification, self-driving cars and mobility-as-a-service.”

“I would like to thank John for his leadership and commitment throughout his six years in charge of our automotive practice. He has significantly raised our profile and capabilities in the sector, which has led to recognition from industry and government alike.”

Benson added: “I believe we are entering the most exciting period in automotive since the invention of the car, so I’m delighted to be taking over the reins from John. Under John’s direction, KPMG has demonstrated how important the automotive sector in the UK is for our firm.”