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DaimlerChrysler UK (DCUK) has appointed Iain Larkin to succeed outgoing general counsel Chrissi Evans.
Larkin, who joined DCUK as a trainee six years ago, is currently head of legal for the company's retail division. He will head a 12-strong team and will also be responsible for health & safety issues.
Evans, who has led DCUK's in-house legal function for five years, left the company last week to launch a consulting business.
Commenting on her departure, she said: "The time has come for me to move on. I will have done five years at DaimlerChrysler and, although I've really enjoyed what I've done here, there weren't any opportunities for me to move overseas or to get onto the board."
During her time at DCUK, Evans made sweeping changes to the company's relationships with external lawyers following an extensive tender process, resulting in the appointment of preferred advisers that included Pinsent Masons and Shoosmiths.