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Industry jobs: Roles filled at LEVC, Copart, Epyx, Global Mobility Solutions and Hiyacar


Madelaine Webster made global consulting manager for Global Mobility Solutions

Madelaine Webster, formerly of Fleet Logistics UK and Ireland, has been appointed to the newly created role of global consulting manager for Global Mobility Solutions (GMS).

The appointment is part of Fleet Logistics Group’s plans to transition from pure fleet management provider to offering new managed mobility solutions to its clients and prospects.

GMS, which was created last autumn, brings together the expertise and market intelligence of Fleet Logistics’ consulting team with the data management and analytical skills of its international reporting team.

Head of GMS, Thibault Alleyn, said: “We are delighted that Madelaine has accepted this new role within our GMS team and are confident that her years of experience in fleet optimisation and new mobilities will bring an immense value to our clients.”

Meanwhile, Alleyn says that Phil Reeves, technology team manager, will continue to guide GMS together, alongside overseeing reporting innovations, providing support for clients and day-to-day management of a team of analysts involved in client and internal projects.

Webster, who joined Fleet Logistics two years ago, has spent over 15 years in the UK fleet industry and sits on the Association of Fleet Professionals’ Future Mobility Steering Committee in the UK.

She said she was ‘greatly looking forward to the new opportunities GMS offers at an international level’.

Copart UK announces Richard Howe to run its central operations

Online vehicle remarketing business Copart UK has appointed Richard Howe as its new head of central operations.  

Howe, who has more than 30 years of commercial, technical, and claims experience, joins Copart from Markerstudy Insurance where he was head of engineering. 

He said: “I’m joining Copart at a very exciting time, as the business continues to expand and invest in the continuous improvement of products and services. 

“I am looking forward to supporting and influencing the continued growth and success of these key areas of the business.” 

Charlie Brooks appointed strategy director at Epyx

Charlie Brooks has been appointed as the new strategy director at fleet and motor industry e-commerce specialist Epyx.

A qualified chartered accountant and graduate of the University of Bristol, he joins from Achilles Information, where he was global operations and strategy director. Previously, he was also a strategy consultant at KPMG UK.

He will be working mainly on strategy for Epyx but also assist at sister company R2C Online and parent company Fleetcor Technologies.

He said: “Epyx has a track record of being a forward-looking organisation that embraces change and I’m very much looking forward to supporting the company and its customer base through their next chapter of success.”

Aditya Varadpande, managing director at Epyx, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Charlie to the senior leadership team at Epyx.

“Last year, Epyx celebrated its 20th birthday but it is clear that the next two decades will be very different from what has come before.

“Developing the right strategic approach is essential and having someone like Charlie as part of team is important to meeting the future with confidence. I look forward to working with Charlie and with our customers to shape the future agenda at Epyx.”

Keith Stark named business development lead at Hiyacar

Hiyacar has hired Keith Stark as business development lead to coordinate the company's expansion in Scotland, while also helping to facilitate their growing presence in London and Bristol. 

With more than 14 years’ experience in the car sharing industry, Stark oversaw the growth of Enterprise Car Club - formerly City Car Club - in Scotland.

He established car clubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Inverness and Dundee, overseeing the growth of the platform from just 16 cars and 400 members, to 400 cars and in excess of 12,000 members.

He also managed the implementation of local authority and NHS fleet management programmes.

Hiyacar will be launching in Edinburgh this year, which will be the company's first introduction outside of England. Stark’s extensive experience within the Scottish car sharing industry will be a key factor in helping Hiyacar become established in Scotland's capital, it says. 

Stark said: “I am looking forward to helping launch Hiyacar in Scotland and developing the ‘Car Club in a Box’ concept with local authorities, community car clubs and developers.’’

Hiyacar was established in 2016 and is a peer-to-peer car sharing service. It has 100,000 members and 1,700 cars.

Co-founder and CEO of Hiyacar Graeme Risby said: “We’re extremely excited to have Keith as part of the Hiyacar team. His knowledge and experience within the Scottish car sharing industry will be incremental when introducing our brand to a new audience outside of England.

“After a succession of successful years, we have big expansion plans in the coming years and Keith will play a key part in driving this.”

Martin Rada appointed MD for LEVC’s European operations

The LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has announced the appointment of Martin Rada as its new managing director for LEVC Europe Operations.

There are now 19 dealer partners across continental Europe, with further network growth planned this year in markets including Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Greece and Italy.

Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, said: “Europe is an extremely important region for LEVC as we continue our export strategy to grow the company outside of the UK.  

“We will be introducing LEVC into new markets and new business sectors this year, as well as launching our new electric van, VN5, in Europe.  

“I am very pleased to welcome Martin to the team to play a critical role in ensuring LEVC’s success in Europe.”

With a 25-year career in the automotive industry, Rada brings with him a wealth of experience from a number of European leadership roles, notably within the Fiat Group and including managing director for Fiat Chrysler in Germany. Most recently, he was CEO and co-founder of the start-up Vive La Car in Austria and Switzerland.

He said: “I am delighted to join such an iconic and established British brand to grow its presence across Europe.

“With the new VN5 electric van joining TX this year, I look forward to working with the team in Frankfurt to develop our commercial operations in new and existing European markets and significantly increase LEVC’s customer base across the continent.”

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