In all respects, Mark Hennessy seems to have been the perfect dealer to serve as chairman of the Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover Transition Council.
After Ford Motor Co. combined its Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin brands into a single company, the Jaguar and Land Rover councils were disbanded.
Last year an interim council was formed, made up of eight to 10 dealers with a preponderance of Jaguar and Land Rover dealers, as Hennessy explains.
He says the role of the transition council has been just that - to help the company through the transition in merging the three British brands.
Hennessy of Atlanta has a wealth of experience in retailing luxury vehicles. He is dealer principal for his family's two Jaguar dealerships and three Land Rover stores, plus a Cadillac dealership. Hennessy Automobile Cos., which he co-owns with brothers Stephen and Peter, also has two Lexus dealerships and a Porsche store among its holdings.
Hennessy, like many of his peers, is a second-generation dealer. "My dad started here as the second Cadillac dealer in Atlanta in 1964," he said. "I joined him after graduating from the University of North Carolina." He officially became a dealer in 1983.
The transition council is being disbanded. Taking its place will be two separate product and marketing councils and two parts and service councils for Jaguar and for Land Rover dealers, Hennessy told Special Correspondent Karen Passino last month. Details on those councils are expected to be announced during the NADA convention.