Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has today announced the appointment of Robert Wastell as divisional managing director in a newly-created role running the business’s Newbury-based car operation.
The appointment comes at a time of successful growth for the company and, while Wastell will focus on expanding the car business, CEO Simon Oliphant will retain overall responsibility for the Group, comprising of three centres of excellence for car, commercial vehicle and driving instructor operations.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the vehicle leasing industry, Wastell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role; having worked in all sectors from large corporates, to the public sector and the SME market.
Until 2006, he held the position of sales director at Lex Vehicle Leasing, where he was actively involved in the strategy and growth of the company.
Since then he has offered Board expertise through his consulting business, as well as creating and running comparecontracthire.com, the vehicle leasing price comparison website.
Wastell’s extensive knowledge, business development skills and operational experience makes him ideally placed to lead the next stage of development of Hitachi Capital’s car business.
He said: “I am delighted to be joining Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions at such an exciting time for the company.
“It is an excellent organisation that prides itself in offering superb customer service, a great working environment for its people and a commitment to continuous improvement. The company has large growth aspirations for the future and I am committed to achieving these objectives.”
Simon Oliphant, CEO of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions Group added that: “We are very excited to have Robert on board.
“It was important for us to find the right person who could focus on the strategic development of our car operation and who was culturally committed to maintaining our high levels of customer service.”