Nissan has appointed Michael Stewart (pictured) to the new position of head of leasing, specialist fleet sales and rental to help build relationships with UK leasing companies and deliver fleet market share growth.
Stewart takes on his new position from his former role as network sales director at NMGB.
He said: “Nissan is focussed on developing the quality of its market share and our relationships with the UK’s leasing companies will be critical to this success. I’m delighted to be taking on this new role within Nissan and driving performance in line with our fleet sales goals, in what are challenging and fast-moving market conditions.”
The brand has also strengthened its retail team with the appointment of Andrew Sellars as network sales director.
Sellars recently returned to the UK from Volvo Car Group, where he was vice president – commercial operations, based in Thailand for the APAC region. Prior to Volvo he held a number of senior roles with Kia Motors UK and Kia Motors Europe, including head of fleet. He began his career in the dealer network, selling cars.
He said: “With exciting new model launches this year, including the new Qashqai and X-Trail, this is a fantastic time to be joining a very dynamic business. I’m delighted to become part of the Nissan family, and look forward to working closely with the dealers on qualitative sales and high levels of customer satisfaction – all supported by the great added opportunities these new product launches represent.”
Darren Payne, sales director at Nissan, said: “With his wealth of network experience I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to the network sales team, and I also congratulate Michael on his new role within the fleet sales team, and thank him for his contribution to accelerating Nissan’s sales performance.
“We are now in a great position to meet the challenges and requirements of both the retail and fleet markets, with new models launching into key sectors throughout 2017.”
Stewart and Sellars start their new roles with immediate effect.