Graham Conway appointed as Select Car Leasing’s new managing director
Select Car Leasing’s general manager, Graham Conway (pictured) has been appointed as the company’s new managing director.
Select Car Leasing said Conway has been instrumental in its growth over the last 18 months.
Conway joined the company in the spring of 2019, having previously held the position of head broker at vehicle funding and management firm Alphabet.
Conway said: “I’ve been heavily involved in creating and mobilising our new Select Fleet Solutions brand. We intend to be a real disruptor in the corporate solutions space when it comes to business contract hire and driving down costs when it comes to running a fleet.
“We’re now in partnership with the likes of ODO, FMG, Masternaut, Allstar and DriveTech and we’ve built a full new fleet proposition that we’re taking to market.
“From a business perspective, we want to make sure firms that operate a fleet of up to 250 vehicles are getting the service they deserve. There’s a real opportunity for us to be able to hold the hand of fleet managers with a modest fleet size.”
MotoNovo Finance announces Karl Werner as new manging director
MotoNovo Finance has announced the appointment of Karl Werner (pictured) as its new managing director (MD).
He replaces long-serving chief executive officer (CEO) Mark Standish who has decided to leave the business having overseen the integration of MotoNovo within parent Aldermore Group, the company said.
As a long-serving member of the MotoNovo leadership team and regular industry commentator and speaker, Werner’s appointment ensures a natural continuity of the business's commitment to customer and dealer centricity and to further growth, it said.
Werner commented: “As the world seeks to recover, challenge and change are sure to feature prominently in the automotive and financial services markets in an increasingly digital, customer-centric environment.
"In leading MotoNovo, a business as Mark noted, with our culture and track record of embracing innovation and change, I am genuinely excited by the opportunities that change will afford us to continue growing."
Having led MotoNovo for more than 22 years, taking the organisation from under 1% market share to over 20%, Standish has opted to pursue career opportunities outside the business.
He said: “I am delighted that Karl has been appointed to take the helm as MD and look forward to watching the business continue its commitment to innovation and change under his leadership."
FleetCheck adds Paul Kirby as external adviser to new electric van initiative
A new electric van initiative launched by FleetCheck has seen Paul Kirby added as an external adviser to the fleet software company’s consultancy resource.
Kirby, who has recently formed his own EV Essentials company, will work on a variety of projects, said FleetCheck, including creating an electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) guide for fleet operators which it hopes to release before the end of the year.
Kirby has worked within the motor industry for more than 25 years as a van specialist for companies including Vanarama and LeasePlan.
Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “There is widespread interest in van electrification among our users and we have formulated a new strategy to meet their needs.
“We have started a new programme of enhancements to our software to add to its functionality for eLCV operators and that work will be ongoing over the next few years.
“In addition, we will be providing consultancy on everything from electric van acquisition through to range management and running costs to driver training.
“We’re very pleased to be able to include Paul in this initiative. He is arguably the country’s foremost expert in the eLCV arena and brings a huge amount of knowledge.”
Two senior E.On EV charging executives join Paythru
Payments technology company Paythru has made two senior hires from E.On’s electric vehicle (EV) charging operation, Innogy eMobility, with the opportunity to enhance the EV payments market, it said.
James O’Neill, ex-Innogy chief operating officer (COO), joins Paythru as its new CEO. Joining him is ex-Shell and Samsung employee John Clifford, whose latest role was business development manager at Innogy, and who joins Paythru as chief commercial officer.
Paythru said its mission is to simplify the EV user journey bringing together parking and EV charging payments in a single interoperable app. Its platform is already used by Flowbird, FM Conway, City EV and Infinium, it said.
O’Neill said: “The EV industry has been slow when it comes to payments, which have been fragmented and often deliver a poor customer experience. It needs a silver bullet solution.
“This is the first time I have seen such a solution, and a role where I can bring my expertise to fully exploit the burgeoning electric vehicles and parking payments markets.
“The combined parking and charging payments market represent a huge opportunity, and one that has not yet been cracked.
“We are looking forward to getting stuck in and growing Paythru in this market, whilst making charging easy for the growing numbers of EV drivers around the country.”