Finning International, the world’s largest Caterpillar dealer, announced that Neil Dickinson, managing director of Finning U.K. and Ireland, will retire after a 36-year career. Kevin Parkes, director of Finning U.K. and Ireland’s equipment solution division, was named managing director succeeding Dickinson. Parkes will assume the role Feb. 1.

Dickinson will assist in the leadership transition and remain with the company in an advisory capacity until the end of March. Parkes will join Finning’s senior leadership team and report to Finning’s CEO Scott Thomson. Dickinson began his career in 1979 with Leverton, which was acquired by Finning in 1997. He has held a variety of operational and leadership roles across the U.K. and Canada, including posts in human resources, heavy construction and power systems, and has led the Finning U.K. and Ireland business since 2010.

Parkes brings considerable experience with Finning to his new role, most recently leading the equipment solutions division. He joined Finning as a graduate trainee in 1996 and held a variety of progressively senior roles in the equipment solutions division. From 2010 to 2015, Parkes was CEO of Hewden, a leading U.K. equipment rental company, following Finning's divestiture of that business. Parkes returned to Finning after his previous 13 years with the company to take on the role of director, equipment solutions.

Finning is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.