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  • INDEPENDENT fleet management firm VELO has brought Richard Baird on board as a business development manager.
    Baird brings with him more than 15 years’ experience in the automotive industry including time with MG Rover and Honda.
    He will be responsible for further developing VELO’s activities in the corporate business sector.

  • VEHICLE hire and fleet management firm GCH 2000 has been joined by Jon Wells. Wells has two years’ experience in the industry, thanks to his previous job at National Car Rental, where he was part of the consumer reservations administration team.
    He holds a Master’s Degree in business law and has taken up the new position of sales executive.

  • PREMIER Motorauctions has promoted Mandy Barlow from dealer manager to oversee fleet, finance and dealer departments. Caroline Attack is promoted to key account manager, while Jemma Wright has been appointed market coordinator.

  • VAN manufacturer LDV welcomes a new executive director in manufacturing – Alan Lines. He joins from agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers Case New Holland (CNH), part of Fiat, where he was senior director of global productivity improvement at the firm’s Chicago headquarters.
    Lines was responsible for setting targets and monitoring manufacturing efficiency and performances in CNH’s 35 factories worldwide.
    As part of his remit at LDV, Lines will become a member of the board of directors with responsibility for all aspects of LDV manufacturing of the Maxus, Pilot and Convoy range.

  • RENTAL firm 4 Rental has continued its expansion by appointing four regional sales managers and an accounts administrator.
    John Gayton joins from Lewis Reed Wheel Chair Accessibles, where he was national fleet sales manager. Gayton has held senior fleet positions with several large motor retail groups. His title is regional sales partner Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria.
    Bernard Rooney was previously with MG Rover Group, where he was national broker manager. He has been in the industry for more than 25 years. His position is now regional sales partner Central and West Midlands.
    Andy Thomas comes from Smith Knight Fay Group and takes up the position of regional sales partner Greater Manchester and the M62 corridor.
    Sam Gibson, who joins from the IT industry, is now regional sales partner London and South-east. Sharon Wray joins as accounts administrator from IT consultant Colbenson, where she spent 12 years as financial controller.

  • HITACHI Capital has appointed Tim Bowden as head of operations within its vehicle solutions division.
    Bowden joins from Bank of Scotland Vehicle Finance where he was director of supplier management. Previously he worked for Godfrey Davis in director level positions within fleet operations and customer relations.
    Bowden will head up the operational departments, with particular emphasis on fleet service, remarketing, pricing and fleet administration.

  • ROB Calver has joined Fiat Auto UK as aftersales director. Calver joins Fiat from Lex Auto Logistics where he was commercial director, managing a range of business solutions on behalf of a number of major automotive clients.
    With spells at TRW Automotive, Partco and B&Q Autocentres, Calver has amassed more than 20 years of automotive aftermarket experience, including sales, marketing, operations, contract management and negotiation.

  • TWO new sales managers have joined Kwik-Fit Fleet as it launches a drive to attract small and medium-sized fleet customers.
    Justin Edgington is national sales manager, while Paul Jones has become sales manager for North Wales and the North West Midlands.
    Edgington joined Kwik-Fit Fleet earlier this year after seven years with Michelin. He manages an 11-strong team of sales managers and more than 3,000 accounts nationwide. Jones has worked in the motor trade for more than 16 years, most recently as area manager with Drive Assist. To attract more SME business, Kwik-Fit Fleet is increasing the profile of its fast-fit and business drive card services.

  • ANDREW Smith has joined fleet IT consultancy Millbrook Technology Solutions as director. Previously, Smith was IT manager at NatWest Group Vehicle Services for nine years and has more recently worked at Capital One Bank as e-commerce development manager, IT manager for banking systems and head of IT resource.

  • VOLVO has a new special vehicles manager, Sarah Tottle. She takes over from the previous incumbent, Peter Cody, who has taken early retirement. Tottle has spent three months working alongside Cody, after working for seven years at Volvo Car Finance as finance development consultant. She hopes to use her experience to develop the financial options Volvo can offer its customers in the emergency services.

  • CORINA Schubert has been promoted to director of international accounts at National Car Rental.
    Schubert has worked for National since 1998 and was previously manager of international accounts in Germany. Her new role sees her responsible for directing National customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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