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Former Channel 4 boss to head HR Owen

Andy Duncan will become chief executive of the luxury car dealer.

Former Channel 4 boss Andy Duncan has been appointed as the chief executive of luxury car dealer HR Owen.

Duncan, who left Channel 4 in November 2009, will take up his new position on 4 October. He will replace Nick Lancaster, who left the company in May. Duncan has also been offered a place on the company's board.

The 48-year old will run 10 luxury and supercar franchises, including Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce.

Before joining Channel 4 in 2005, Duncan was the head of marketing at the BBC. Prior to that, he worked for 17 years in the marketing department of Unilever. He has been responsible for brands including I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, PG Tips and Bachelor Supernoodles.

Duncan, who is also a non-executive director of music chain HMV, said he was attracted by HR Owen's "heritage and brand" and was looking forward to selling "exciting products to an eclectic mix of customers".

Jon Walden, the chairman of HR Owen, said: "it is a real coup for the company to attract an individual of Andy's calibre."