Austin brings more than 16 years’ experience of corporate sales to the role and through his past experience is hoping to raise the profile of the Kia brand in the fleet industry.
Before joining Kia, Austin worked at Mazda Motors as national corporate sales manager, where he helped increase Mazda’s fleet sales from almost 2,000 units in 2002 to more than 18,000 in 2005. Following a push in the retail market Kia is now looking to establish a stronger foothold in the corporate market and Austin will be heading the drive.
Austin said: ‘Kia has already achieved considerable success in fleet through contract hire, Motability and daily rental sales. We hope that by demonstrating an understanding of the demands and concerns of the fleet customer, we can deliver what the fleet manager wants.’
Business centre head at Camden
JOE Suttner has joined Camden Corporate Fleet Services (CCFS) as business centre manager responsible for sales and services to fleets and local business users.
Suttner, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the motor industry, will be targeting national and local fleets in his new position.
Platinum management team
PLATINUM Fleet Management has appointed a business and account management team, responsible for securing and developing existing corporate accounts.
Veronica Whittingham will be responsible for southern regional accounts bringing more than 20 years experience in insurance and warranty. Peter Burgess has corporate and retail experience and takes over northern accounts and David Clarkson will develop major accounts.
Clarkson spent several years at ATS Euromaster as corporate account manager and will work alongside Whittingham and Burgess. Neil Hector and Tom King have also joined and will be responsible for small businesses and the remarketing of 4,000 vehicles for Platinum’s clients respectively.