George Bassadone, director and executive chairman of SsangYong Motor UK, has been conferred with an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Mr Bassadone is also chairman of the Bassadone Automotive Group, which secured the importing and distribution rights for SsangYong in the UK, and established SsangYong Motor UK in 2011.
His award is for services to the automotive industry and to the economy of Gibraltar, where Bassadone Automotive is headquartered.
With over 30 years’ experience in the motor industry, Mr Bassadone joined the family business in the 1970s and steered its international growth, particularly in the handling of vehicles to humanitarian organisations and NGOs around the world.
Commented Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK: “We are all delighted by this news, and warmly congratulate George on this significant accolade in recognition of his considerable hard work and success.”