RCI Financial Services has appointed two senior industry figures to join its sales and marketing teams as directors.

Fiona Mackay joined as the company’s marketing director and Lee Wheeler as sales director.

Both appointments are with immediate effect and  will report into RCI Financial Services’ managing director, Jean-Louis Labauge.

Fiona Mackay joins RCI Financial Services from Toyota Financial Services, where she held the position of general manager, marketing and digital experience. Mackay has over 20 years’ experience working in both sales and marketing roles within the UK motor industry having started her career with Ford Motor Company.

Lee Wheeler has over 20 years’ experience working in senior retail and fleet roles within the UK motor industry for both OEM’s and Motor Finance Houses. He joins from Fiat Chrysler Group’s Captive Bank, UK, where he held the position of sales & marketing director.

Prior to Fiat Chrysler, Wheeler held senior positions at Santander Consumer Finance, as well as Honda UK and Honda Finance Europe.

With over a decade’s history in the UK, RCI Financial Services is the finance company for four of the UK’s car brands: Renault, Nissan, Dacia and Infiniti.

In 2017, Renault’s finance unit, RCI Banque, grew profits to over €1bn, up 23% from 2016.

New finance business grew by 15%, totalling €20.6bn (£18bn).

Europe saw 9.4% growth in new contracts, and reached a penetration rate of 43.3% across the group’s vehicles (2016: 41.5%).

Used vehicle financing registered a 15.7% growth in new business, totalling 320,000 contracts. Volumes for RCI Banque’s services business expanded 27.5% to 4.4m contracts.

RCI Banque also said it was looking to grow its mobility operations in the future. In 2017, the company acquired taxi fleet management firm Class & Co and private hire reservation company Marcel. It also became relaunched sales of Karhoo, another mobility reservation business.