Executive Management

Keith Thornton
Chief Executive Officer

Keith ThorntonKeith is a licensed Motor Dealer and holds a Bachelor of Economics. His motor industry experience commenced in 1995 and covers retail and wholesale operations in volume, niche and prestige sectors of the industry.

He joined Eagers Automotive in 2002 as General Manager of Southside Honda and Land Rover and became General Manager of Austral Honda and Austral Volkswagen in 2004.

Keith was appointed General Manager Operations – Vehicles in 2005 to oversee New and Used vehicle operations. In 2007, he was promoted to General Manager Queensland and Northern Territory with full responsibility for all operational issues.

From 1 January 2017 – 23 February 2021 Keith was the Chief Operating Officer – responsible for operations nationally.  Keith was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 24 February 2021.

Martin Ward

Martin Ward
Advisor to the Board and CEO

Martin holds a BSc. (Hons) Mathematics degree from the University of Surrey, England and furthered his business qualifications by undertaking a Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in mid 2000.

With a strong background in Corporate Management, Martin’s career path includes a ten year period with Inchcape PLC, initially with their liquor division in the Middle East and Asia Pacific at a Managing Director level. In 1996, he became Managing Director of Inchcape Motors (Australia) and in 1998 was additionally appointed Regional CEO and Director Asia Pacific/Australasia.

From January 2001 to March 2005 Martin was the Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company’s Sydney Retail Joint Venture.

Martin joined Eagers Automotive on 1 July 2005.  He was Chief Executive Officer from January 2006 –  23 February 2021 and has been a Director since March 2006.

Martin is a Director of Australian Automotive Dealer Association Limited (appointed January 2014).

Denis Stark

Denis Stark
General Counsel & Company Secretary

Denis joined Eagers Automotive in January 2008 as General Counsel & Company Secretary after having held similar roles with other public companies.

He oversees the Investor Relations, Company Secretarial, Legal, and and property portfolio administration.

Denis holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and is admitted as a solicitor in Victoria and Queensland.

Sophie Moore

Sophie Moore
Chief Financial Officer

Sophie was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2015 and Director in March 2017.

Sophie started her financial career with PwC in 1993 spending most of her 10 years in the Transaction Advisory business. Sophie then joined Flight Centre Travel Group Limited in 2003 as General Manager Global Corporate Finance.

Sophie is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.

Sophie is responsible for the group’s accounting, taxation, internal audit, payroll and treasury functions.