MANCHESTER, NH - Paul Barkworth, FCA, has been appointed chief financial officer at Merchants Automotive Group, Inc. of Hooksett, NH.

Most recently, Barkworth was CFO for Cetacean Networks, Inc. and Rivulet Communications, Inc., both venture-funded start-up companies. Barkworth's extensive managerial and financial experience also includes serving on the board of Baptist Insurance Company, PLC.

"I am excited by this opportunity to work with this innovative and successful company, particularly at a time when well managed businesses like Merchants have the unique opportunity to prosper in a difficult economy," said Barkworth.

Barkworth was born in London, England, emigrated to the U.S. in 1997 and became a U.S. citizen. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and spent much of his U.K. career in public practice. He has held various management positions at Coopers & Lybrand, Grant Thornton, and with affiliates of BDO International. Immediately prior to moving to the U.S., Barkworth was a senior partner with Solomon Hare, of Bristol, England, now part of Smith Williamson. For many years, he served as a Magistrate in the English criminal courts and has a strong record of public service and commitment to non-profit organizations.

Barkworth plays the flute, has an abiding interest in historical biography, supports the England Rugby team from afar, and is an avid Formula One enthusiast.  He lives in East Hampstead, N.H. with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Helen.

About Merchants Automotive Group

Merchants Automotive Group is a Singer family company headquartered in Hooksett, NH, that includes Merchants Auto, Merchants Service, CARQUEST parts, Merchants Short Term Solutions, and Merchants Leasing. Merchants Leasing offers customers nationwide a total fleet leasing and fleet management solution which includes its unique No Risk closed-end lease option. Other comprehensive services include insurance and maintenance programs, fuel cards to manage mileage and gasoline expenses, local and nationwide delivery, and expert fleet management and administration. Merchants leases a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks and vans, law enforcement vehicles, handicap-equipped vehicles, and more. More information about Merchants Leasing is available at

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet