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Former BVRLA chairman John Leigh passes away

Industry stalwart John Leigh has passed away.

Leigh, who was was chairman of the BVRLA from 2005 to 2007, died on Monday November 7.

He spent more than 40 years in the vehicle rental and leasing industry, starting at Godfrey Davis in the 1960s. Leigh was inducted into the Fleet News Hall of Fame in 2009.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Leigh worked for Swan National Rentals, overseeing the rebrand to EuroDollar, the management buyout that took the company out of TSB ownership and the listing of the company on the London Stock Exchange.

Following the sale of EuroDollar to Republic Industries, Leigh led the integration of EuroDollar and Alamo in UK and the rebranding to National Car Rental. By 2000 he was appointed Senior Vice President Pan-Europe of National, and by the end of the decade (after another period of acquisition) he was Chairman of Europcar.

Following his retirement in 2011 he served as a non-executive director of Nexus for two years. His most recent role was as Director of the Trak Global Group, a leading telematics solutions company. He also served as Vice President of BEN, the automotive industry charity.

Leigh's passing follows the death last week of the University of Buckingham's Professor Peter Cooke

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “The BVRLA was deeply saddened to learn that John and Peter have passed away. Their huge contributions to the rental and leasing industry have been well publicised, and we are immensely grateful for the experience and enthusiasm they brought to the association. Both of them were larger-than-life characters who will be sorely missed. We send our heartfelt condolences to their families.”

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  • Stewart Whyte - 09/11/2016 11:24

    Very saddened to hear of John's death. He was a true giant of the rental and wider fleet industry. I knew him over very many years (from the mid-60s) and always found him a true gentlemen in every sense. Condolences and sympathies to the family.

  • David Kershaw - 09/11/2016 11:35

    I agree & endorse with the comments made by Gerry Keaney I also send my heartfelt condolences to Peter & John's families.”

  • Kathy Horsey - 16/11/2016 14:24

    Very sad to hear of John's death. I had the privilege of working for him for a number of years. An inspirational leader and true gentleman. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts go out to his family

  • Rebecca Madden - 21/11/2016 14:03

    I have just heard the very sad news of John Leigh passing away. I also had the pleasure of working with him for several years and shared many good times under his leadership. He was a true gentleman and the 'grand daddy' of the car rental industry in Europe, who will be sorely missed. My condolences go out to his Family.

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