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  • The marketing team at vehicle management company Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has been boosted by two new appointments. Sharon Chalk and Laura Martin will be working with marketing manager Mark Gibson in their new positions as marketing executive and database executive respectively.
    Prior to joining Hitachi Capital, Chalk was responsible for marketing and business development for Kennet District Council's leisure department. Previously, she enjoyed spells with some of the Thames Valley's leading technology companies, including Quantel and Lucent.
    Martin, 22, joined Hitachi Capital last November straight from university at Bangor, Wales, where she gained an honours degree in English literature.

  • Autoglass has named Meri Williamson as its new operations director. She has spent three years with the company, most recently as sales director. Williamson takes over from Nigel Doggett who has become managing director.
    Williamson joined Autoglass after a diverse career in South Africa. A chemical engineering graduate, she worked for Unilever in Johannesberg before moving into sales and running her own business for seven years. In 1989, she sold her company and moved to the UK to complete an MBA at Manchester University before joining the glass industry back in South Africa. She joined Autoglass from the PGSI Group, where she was director of internal sales and supply chain.

  • John Cooper has been appointed customer service director for Ford Motor Company, replacing Simon Psaila, who is retiring after 33 years' service with the company.
    A native of Manchester, Cooper joined Ford in its customer service division in 1986 and has undertaken a number of different assignments in Britain, Germany and the United States.
    In his new role, he has strategic responsibility for Ford of Britain's full range of aftermarket operations, including vehicle servicing and repair, parts sales and the nationwide fast-fit network, Ford Rapid Fit.
    Cooper holds degrees from Leeds University and the University of Angers, France. Simon Psaila was appointed customer service director in September 2000. Born in Gibraltar, Psaila moved to London as a child and joined Ford in 1970 after graduating in electrical engineering from London University. During his Ford years, Psaila has also worked in Germany, the USA and Mexico.

  • HERTZ has appointed William Hennessy as automation marketing director, reporting to Bill Jones, vice-president of sales and marketing at Hertz Europe.

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