Sterne said: 'Fleet has been such a positive part of my life that it was difficult to take early retirement from Vauxhall and walk away from the industry. I have been offered a good job and will continue to sell Vauxhall products.' Sterne, who joined Vauxhall as an engineer, was recruited to the fleet department as a national account manager by Mike Bonner, currently Vauxhall's corporate sales director.
Five years ago he was promoted to new business director with responsibility for converting non-Vauxhall fleets. As a result of Sterne's departure a restructuring, announced late last year, has seen Maurice Howkins promoted to fleet sales director with responsibility for four national account managers - Frank Carruthers, Bob Cosby, Mike Roberts and Ian Palmer - who form the new business team.