On the move


Steve Green has been promoted quality and
environment manager at Lex. He will have responsibility for
developing and implementing campaigns within Lex to deliver quality
and environmental systems which achieve accreditation for ISO 9001
and ISO 14001 standards – which Lex first gained in 1998. Green has
been with Lex for some 13 years with the last two years dedicated
to project Avalon, the incorporation of the Godfrey Davis fleet
into the Lex portfolio.


Mark Robbins has been named as the new business
development manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland in the Public
Sector team at Lloyds TSB Autolease. He joins the lessor from GE
Capital, where he was a sales manager, with experience in account
management, new business acquisitions, contract hire and commercial


GMAC Insurance has promoted Tim Heavisides to
group chief executive at Car Care Plan Holdings and Provident
Insurance. He joined in 1982 at Car Care Plan and held various
senior roles, being chief executive officer for the company since


Mondial Assistance’s Simon Cook is moving to
become international automotive sales director at the company’s
headquarters in Paris. Lee Taylor will be stepping
into his position as sales director – automotive UK, moving across
from his current role as head of warranty and sales programmes.
Cook has over 20-years experience in the motor industry and joined
Mondial in 1998. He has been instrumental in developing the
company’s warranty division and, more recently, the growth of its
roadside assistance and customer relationship management


Inchcape has appointed Ken Hanna as
non-executive chairman of the group with effect from May 2009. He
has been a non-executive director of the group for six years and
previously was executive director and chief financial officer of
Cadbury plc.


EurotaxGlass’s has appointed Steffen Schick as
managing director of its Global Services Division. He joins from
Fleet Logistics International (FLI) where he was chief operating
officer and masterminded the introduction of a number of systems to
boost customer service and operational efficiency. Prior to FLI,
Schick worked with Booz Allen Hamilton where, as a member of the
automotive management team, he worked with vehicle manufacturers
and other major automotive businesses globally.


Simon Hawton has been promoted to the position
of divisional business development manager at Manheim DeFleet
Services. Hawton, who joined Manheim in November 2007, will be the
central point of contact for KAH Systems, Manheim Inspection
Services, Manheim SMART Repair and Manheim Asset Management, the
new collections and asset recovery service. Prior to his role at
Manheim, Hawton worked for Ford Credit, Excel Logistics, Inchcape
and AutoLogic.


Ford of Britain has announced two new directors for its UK team.
Mark Simpson becomes marketing manager, succeeding
Mark Ovenden who moves to Russia as marketing,
sales and service director. Simpson has been marketing
communications director, Ford of Europe, where he was responsible
for developing the advertising and marketing campaigns for Europe’s
51 markets. He previously held senior management positions in the
US for six years, most recently as New York’s Lincoln Mercury
regional manager.

Andy Barratt becomes Ford Customer Service
Division’s European operations director, taking over from John
Cooper. Prior to leading sales teams for five years in the
company’s eastern district, Barratt was Ford Focus brand


Mazda Motors UK has promoted Jeremy Thomson to
the position of managing director from that of sales director. He
replaces Rob Lindley who has chosen to join a non-competitive
automotive manufacturer, McLaren Automotive.

Prior to his role of sales director Thomson was marketing
director and fleet director at the company. Meanwhile, Mark
, currently marketing director, has been appointed
sales director in Thomson’ place.


Peter Rask, who is currently president of Volvo
Cars Switzerland, has been appointed managing director of Volvo Car
UK and regional president of UK, Ireland and Iceland. He will
replace Stuart Kerr who has moved to the post of regional president
– Europe.


Paul Williams has become the new chairman of
the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF). He succeeds
Alex Murray who is stepping down after 18 months
in the role. Williams is chairman of Vertu Motors.


Bickerton Skoda has appointed Nigel Owram as
corporate sales manager. Having worked in the motor industry for
some 23 years in various roles, Owram rejoins Skoda after a brief
spell with Nissan.


Ian McFarlane has joined epyx as business
development account manager for the company’s 1link Disposal
Network e-commerce platform. He was previously a high-value account
manager with E.on Energy.