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Kevin Gaskell qualified as an engineer and accountant before building his career in the construction sector, the chemical industry and then the automotive sector.
In 1987 he joined Porsche GB and 4 years later, at the age of 32, was appointed UK Managing Director. Inheriting a business which was close to bankruptcy he refocused the business back to its engineering heritage and in 5 years turned Porsche into the UK’s most profitable car company. He was subsequently recognised as ‘One of the top 40 managers under 40 in the UK.’ In 1996 he accepted the role of Managing Director BMW(GB) where he led the business to 4 years of record performance growing sales by 40% and profitability by 500%.
In 2000 he surprised the automotive community when he left BMW to found CarsDirect.com Europe, a pioneer in the online sales of cars. When the company's shareholders retrenched to the USA the team used the opportunity to create epyx Limited; a business which, in only 8 years, established it’s 1 Link platform as the UK’s standard e-commerce solutions to the automotive fleet sector. In 2009 he sold his share of the business to the management team and HgCapital.
From 2001 to 2007 Kevin held the position of Group Chief Executive of EurotaxGlass’s AG, Switzerland. With his team he converted an assortment of companies in 31 countries into the global leader in the provision of online data, systems and software to the automotive sector. In 2007 he led a €480 million MBO before stepping into the role of non executive President. He left the company in 2010.
After serving as Chairman for 3 years he is now Deputy Chairman of Achilles Group, the global leader in the provision of supply chain data and the winner of the ‘2011 Sunday Times FastTrack’ award for the best private equity performance. He is Chairman of Courland, the global automotive recruitment company and Chairman of Dorney CourtWalled Garden, a venture reintroducing people to the fun of gardening.
He has played cricket for his country but now relaxes by playing in a rock
band. Constantly searching for a new challenge he celebrated his 40th birthday
by climbing on Mount Everest and in 2006 he walked unsupported to the North
Pole to raise money for Cancer Research. Three years later he then walked, this
time with his 18 year old son, to the South Pole to raise yet more funds for
charity. He has recently climbed a number of the world’s highest mountains.