Hawes is no stranger to the corporate side of Renault's UK operation having spent a period in the early 1990s as head of its fleet department. But since then Renault's position in fleet has changed dramatically. Hawes said: 'I don't really look on my new appointment as a coming home because the company has changed significantly. Our fleet business is probably three times the size it was. The job also gives me a position on the main board which it didn't before which is an indication of how seriously fleet is taken.'
Renault's fleet department now handles about 100,000 cars and vans a year compared to approximately 40,000 five years ago. Hawes's aim is to focus an existing business rather than press for further growth.