JAGUAR FINANCIAL
SERVICES

David BetteleyDavid Betteley has joined Jaguar as
director of the manufacturer’s Financial Services division.
Betteley, also currently chairman of the Finance & Leasing
Association, is a well-known figure in the motor finance world,
having held the role of vice-president at Toyota Financial Services
EMEA for over a decade until his retirement late last year. Prior
to his role at Toyota, where he helped set up the Financial
Services division, Betteley was managing director of GMAC UK, a
position he held for 15 months. He started his career at Lloyds
& Scottish Finance, later Lloyds Bowmaker. At Jaguar, he will
report to Mike Wright, director of customer services at Jaguar Land
Rover.

 

HR OWEN

Car dealer group HR Owen has said
that Jon
Walden
has taken up the role of non-executive
chairman, as of 1 January. Walden is a well-known figure within the
motor finance world, having headed up fleet company Lex for a
decade, before it merged with Lloyds TSB Autolease, following the
combining of their parent bands HBOS and Lloyds TSB in September
2008. He joined Lex Service in 1982, and was promoted to MD of Lex
Vehicle Leasing in 1990. In 1995 he moved to Lex Retail, becoming
an independent consultant two years later, before rejoining Lex
Vehicle Leasing in 1999 as MD.
Ramon Pajares, acting chairman of HR Owen, said: “Jon has a wealth
of experience in both the motor and other industries, and we are
delighted to welcome him to the board.”

ACF CAR FINANCE

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Used car retailer and contract
hire conduit ACF Car Finance has announced five promotions within
its sales team, and one new hire. Peter Lloyd moves to
Maidstone, ACF’s busiest outlet, to become branch manager; his
previous role as branch manager at Dunstable will be filled by
Chetan
Patel
, formerly the sales manager there.
Nick
Merchant
, Doug Browne and
John Lloyd
are the new sales managers at the Dunstable, Maidstone and
Isleworth sites respectively. All were previously sales executives.
Simon
Edmonds
has joined ACF as branch manager at
Isleworth; he has “years of sub-prime motor retail experience,” ACF
said. A number of other positions at the company are also open, it
added.

ALPHABET
INTERNATIONAL

Nancy Storp is Alphabet
International’s new head of sales and marketing, the lessor has
announced. She takes over from Christel Raynaerts.
Storp joined Alphabet in May 2007, as head of strategy and
marketing; prior to that, she worked for Siemens Communications,
latterly as head of global marketing strategy and communications,
and for Boston Consulting Group. She holds a PhD in business
administration. Raynaerts, meanwhile, has moved to Alphabet’s
parent company BMW Group Financial Services, where she is the new
head of commercial finance.

VERTU MOTORS

Car retail group Vertu has
announced the arrival of Michael Sherwin as
finance director. He will replace Karen Anderson, a
founding member of the Vertu board, who will take up the role of
company secretary upon his arrival, on 25 February. A chartered
accountant who trained with Price Waterhouse, Sherwin joins Vertu
from clothing supplier Courtaulds; prior to that he was finance
director at Games Workshop Group, a maker of tabletop war games and
die-cast models.

IGNITION CREDIT

Paul Caunter, Ignition Credit

Richard Lewis has joined
Truro-based car finance provider Ignition Credit as business
development manager. He spent over a decade working as a regional
motor trade account manager for HBOS, where he worked alongside
Ignition’s sales director Paul Caunter.

 

PINEWOOD

Dealer management systems provider
Pinewood has appointed Sharon O’Leary as a
business analyst. O’Leary has over 15 years’ experience in the
motor trade. She joined Pinewood in 2003. For the past six years
she has worked on implementing Pinewood’s Pinnacle system at
Pendragon dealerships.

RMIF

Jonas Zambakides has
stepped down from the role of chairman of the Retail Motor Industry
Feder-ation’s Independent Garage Association after 18 months in the
role.