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  • H.R Owen, the luxury car retailer, has appointed Brian Johnston as chairman of its BMW division. He will also become a member of the franchise board. Johnston has formerly held a number of senior positions in the industry, including several at BMW. At the start of 2003, Johnston sold his BMW Heathrow dealership to H.R Owen.

  • Easygroup has appointed Kevin Murgatroyd as its new fleet director. Prior to his new appointment, Murgatroyd was head of fleet at Sixt Rent-a-Car from August 1998. There he was responsible for all areas of fleet management including acquisition, disposals and maintenance. Prior to being at Sixt he worked as a fleet manager for Alamo Rent a Car based at the Heathrow branch. Murgatroyd initially began his career at British Car Auctions.

  • RUDOLF Ellensohn has been appointed managing director of Iveco's engine research centre in Switzerland. Prior to his appointment, Ellensohn worked as an engineer at Iveco and as manager of engine testing. He will be responsible for developing Iveco engines to meet emission legislations and continuing with research and development to improve fuel consumption.

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