GSF Car Parts has announced the appointment of Sukhpal Ahluwalia as Executive Chairman and Steve Horne as Chief Executive Officer.
The parts supplier operates 180 branches across the UK and Ireland, supplying thousands of independent garages, national chains and retail customers with parts, specialist training, tools and equipment.
The Ahluwalia Family Office has also co-invested in GSF Car Parts alongside private equity firm Epiris. The co-investment marks Sukhpal’s return to the car afterparts market. Having founded Euro Car Parts in 1978, Sukhpal scaled ECP from a single car accessories store in London into the largest car parts distributor and retailer in the UK, with 260 branches nationwide and annual sales of over £1.2 billion.
GSF Car Parts Executive Chairman, Sukhpal Ahluwalia, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for GSF Car Parts, and I look forward to working with all of our valued team members, customers, and global suppliers as we start on this new journey together. I have a huge respect for the GSF team, including the business’ hard-working branch team members and head office colleagues. Relationships have always been at the centre of GSF’s success, and that’s something that we’re going to double down on.”
GSF Car Parts Chief Executive, Steve Horne, added: “We will turn the business into a fast-growth, sales-focused company with our customers, suppliers, and team members at its heart. This growth plan will deliver opportunities across the industry: new sales channels for our valued global suppliers, added convenience for our important customers, and new roles for our knowledgeable team members.”