John Keogh and Rish Channa become new owners of Rygor Commercials

Rygor Group Ltd., which includes Mercedes-Benz dealer Rygor Commercials and newly-launched Rygor MAXUS, has undergone a management buyout.

The group has been bought by John Keogh, previously Rygor’s sales director, and Rish Channa, previously head of truck sales at Rygor. Now Keogh has become Rygor’s managing director, with Channa being named commercial director.

In June 2022, Rygor announced that it had started works on the build of a new, custom-designed dealership at the Worton Grange industrial park in Reading. The brand-new Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van centre is due to open officially in the next few weeks.

Keogh and Channa will be joined on the Rygor Board, by group finance director Tim Smith (previously Rygor’s finance director) and aftersales director, Sean Joyce (previously Rygor’s service director). Both Smith and Joyce became directors of Rygor at the beginning of 2021, having progressed through the Rygor business into these positions, and both have been integral in the success of the company over the past 18 months.

Keogh said: “We have learnt a lot over the years from Tim (Stacey), Paul (Reed) and Graham (Drake) who have been incredible owners of the Rygor business. We feel privileged to take the reins from them and look forward to following in their footsteps as people who drive the company forward.”

He added: “Over the past year we have implemented a new appraisal process, an enhanced apprentice programme and an incredible wellbeing programme. It is our team members who make us strong and successful, and we are greatly looking forward to working with them as Rygor continues to lead the way.”

Rygor Commercials has branches in Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, West London, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire.

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