Germany-based digital auto retailer AutoScout24 has appointed Peter Brooks-Johnson as CEO, according to a press release from the company.

Peter Brooks-Johnson

Peter Brooks-Johnson

He will take over from Edgar Berger, who will leave the company at the end of July, though he will continue to be a significant shareholder and remain on the advisory board.

Brooks-Johnson has significant experience in marketplaces, having been CEO of U.K.-based real estate vertical Rightmove for five years and working for the company for 16 years in total before leaving in March this year.

His tenure at Rightmove was generally successful, helping the company grow agents, revenue and profit by around 10% annually up until the pandemic struck in early 2020. After its initial botched response to Covid-19, RightMove recovered strongly in 2022.

Brooks Johnson has not worked in the automotive sector before. He will start his new position in August.

AutoScout 24 delisted from the stock exchange after it was taken over by investor Hellman & Friedmann in 2020. It had previously been part of the listed Scout 24 Group.

“AutoScout24 is entering a new phase of growth, and we are delighted to have Peter at the helm of the company,” said Blake Kleinman, partner at Hellman & Friedman and chairman of the advisory board of AutoScout24.

“In addition to his extensive experience in the classifieds space, he brings proven product, marketing and go-to-market expertise that will enable AutoScout24 to develop further innovative services for the benefit of our dealers and end customers.”

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