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CW Lease strengthens cross-border offering

  • CW Lease has appointed an international co-ordination team to support the development of pan-European and cross-border leasing business. The new co-ordinators will be the key points of contact for CW Lease's international clients, and will play a key role in the design and structure of CW Lease's new pan-European leasing options, including a soon-to-be-launched pan-European product capable of being universally applied across national boundaries. The co-ordinators are: Miranda Wouters in Belgium and Luxembourg; Philippe Reddan in France; Ann-Sophie Bitouzet in Germany; Manuel Gonzalez van Eechoud in Spain; Gert-Jan van Geloven in the Netherlands; and Tamryn Sandy in the UK.

  • EUROPCAR International's director international operations, Kirsten Roennau, has joined Europcar UK as its new marketing director. Roennau has worked in marketing for more than 10 years with companies including Smart, Fiat and Alfa Romeo.

  • HERTZ Europe has appointed Michel Taride as its division vice-president and general manager, European Rent A Car. He will be responsible for the company's European car rental operations and its European headquarters sales and marketing, finance and fleet departments, and reports to Charles Shafer, president of Hertz Europe. Taride has been general manager of Hertz France and president, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, Europe, since 1998. Prior to that he was general manager for Hertz Italy.

  • THE DaimlerChrysler Corporation has appointed Steven Landry as president of Chrysler Jeep Automotive - Europe. Brussels-based Landry is responsible for all activities relating to the sales, marketing and service of Chrysler and Jeep vehicles in Europe. He joined DaimlerChrysler in 1982, and his most recent post was as DaimlerChrysler's director - global sales and marketing training.

  • NISSAN has appointed Mario Canavesi as vice-president of Nissan Europe, where he will take responsibility for national sales company operations. Canavesi joins Nissan from Renault, where he was managing director of Renault Germany.

  • JEAN-Paul Meriau has been appointed vice-president in charge of e-commerce at the Renault group, moving from his role as Renault's vice-president of organisation and information systems. His replacement as vice-president of organisation and information systems is Jean-Pierre Corniou, who joins the French manufacturer from the Usinor Group.

  • FORD of Europe has appointed Martin Leach as vice-president, product development. Based in Cologne, Leach is also a member of the Management Board of Ford Germany. He joins Ford from Mazda Motor Corporation, where he was managing director, product planning, design and programmes.

  • SILVANO Cassano, Hertz Europe's division vice-president, Car Rental Operations, is leaving the company for a position outside the car hire industry.

  • SAAB Automobile has appointed Peter Augustsson as its new president and chief executive officer, succeeding Robert Hendry who will now focus on his role as chairman and managing director of Adam Opel AG. Augustsson has also been promoted to General Motors Europe vice-president.

  • GE Capital Fleet Services has appointed Richard Neff to president and general manager, small fleet services, replacing Jeff Kiesel who has moved to become business leader for GE Small Business Solutions. In another appointment, Bob Williams, has moved from GE Plastics to become senior vice-president, North American operations, replacing Marian Powell who was recently appointed senior vice-president, e-commerce.

  • A NEWLY-FORMED management committee set up by Nissan to cover North America and Europe will be headed by executive vice-president Norio Matsumura. He also takes over the Nissan Europe president role following the retirement of Sir Ian Gibson at the beginning of this month. However, Gibson will continue to sit on the company's supervisory board, where he will be in charge of special European projects, and in particular developing issues within the Renault-Nissan alliance. His move is part of a global reorganisation of Nissan under the company's revival plan. (April 2000)
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