Paul Lowdon has been promoted to general manager of Vertu Group Fleet following the retirement of long-time manager David Jewell last month.
Jewell left Vertu Group Fleet, part of Vertu Motors, last month after nine years of service and 48 years in the motor industry.
Lowdon, who has also been part of the Vertu Motors team since the company launched in 2006, takes over the role after working alongside Jewell after nearly 16 years in the fleet business.
Lowdon first worked alongsideJewell in his role as a local business specialist at Arriva fleet division in 2000, the pair then joined forces to launch Reg Vardy’s very own fleet business in 2003.
After a number of successful years working across both local business and broker management roles, the pair moved to Vertu Motors in 2006.
Following Vertu Motors’ acquisition of Bristol Street Motors in 2007, Vertu Group Fleet was launched with three colleagues supplying 500 vehicles in its first year.
The team has risen to 21 colleagues having sold 10,000 vehicles in eight years of business.
“David’s shoes are big ones to fill but I’m very excited to take over the role of group fleet general manager and continue my career with Vertu Motors,” said Lowdon.
“As one of the first colleagues to join Robert Forrester and David Crane on the Vertu Motors journey, I have watched the company grow from the ground up.
"We have moved several times to accommodate the ever-expanding Vertu Motors team and I am incredibly proud to take the helm of the fantastic fleet division."
Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors, said: “Paul has been an asset to the Vertu Motors team since day one. I’m delighted to see him promoted to manager of the fleet division.
“In his nine years’ of service to Vertu, Paul has thoroughly demonstrated the group values of passion, respect, professionalism, integrity, recognition, opportunity and commitment.
“As the fleet division continues to grow, I can’t think of anyone better to lead the team and continue to deliver an excellent service to all our fleet customers.”