Fraikin, part of France’s Fraikin Group, has appointed Ed Cowell chief executive officer, and Bryn Thomas, chief finance officer.

Cowell joins Fraikin from Speedy Services, where he served as head of major accounts, and group sales and marketing director.

Prior to this, Cowell worked at G4S, a security company, in a number of roles; and at Barclays Private Bank for two years after leaving the British armed forces in 2007.

As chief executive officer, Cowell will be tasked with spearheading the company’s growth in the commercial vehicle contract hire, fleet management, and rental sectors. He will report to Pierre Louis Colin, chief executive officer of Fraikin Group in France.

Cowell said: “The UK is a major market for the Fraikin Group and one which offers significant potential for continued growth. The opportunity to work closely with such a strong team was a key driver in accepting the role.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to introducing new ideas and playing a key part in shaping the next chapter in Fraikin’s near 40-year UK history. I’m confident my breadth of experience, and in particular my time on the senior management team at Speedy, will hold me in good stead.”

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As chief financial officer, Thomas will work on fiscal strategy. He joins Fraikin after two decades working with Peugeot and Citroën in the UK and Ireland, to take the place of Emmanuelle Kergoat, who has taken a position with Fraikin in France.