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Careers: Settling in

Matthew Bowden, national fleet sales manager, Volkswagen UK

You’ve recently returned to the UK from China – how do working practices differ?
There is less openness and sharing in Shanghai. Key decisions are made by a small number of managers. Power naps are popular in China – not many people in Milton Keynes grab 40 winks at their desk.

What is the biggest change you have seen in the UK’s industry since you returned?
When I left, people were talking about green issues. Now they’re doing something about it.

What is the greatest challenge facing the fleet industry at the moment?
Keeping pace with legislation – whether it’s corporate responsibility, congestion charging, environmental issues or duty of care.

How do you plan to develop fleet sales at Volkswagen?
I’m working with a great team, and I’m confident Volkswagen can continue to build strong relationships with customers.

What piece of technology could you not live without?
My car.

Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy playing hockey and squash.

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