Lombard Vehicle Management has announced the appointment of a new
head of the business. Stuart Houlston takes up the reins, following
the promotion of previous incumbent Rob Bailey to the position of
regional managing director for Lombard Vehicle Management’s parent,
Royal Bank of Scotland.

Houlston joined the fleet
management and leasing company in 2003 as head of customer
services, responsible for a staff of 280. Previously he was
European IT director at computer hardware manufacturer Dell.

He commented: “Conducting business
in the current economic environment poses challenges, but our
overall customer focus and expertise developed in key areas such as
sale-and-leaseback and consultancy services, and with specific
groups such as SMES and vans fleets, mean that we are well placed
to continue our progress.”



New venture Moneyway has assembled
its management team. Chris Jones, latterly at Blue Motor Finance,
is head of motor finance, Dawn Parsley is in charge of dealer
liaisons, Sarah Jackson is head of payments and processing, Bruce
Lawson, formerly at online credit card company Egg, is product
manager, while Richard Griffith, who previously worked for
Paragon’s motor finance unit, is the fledgling lender’s new
underwriting manager.



Alphabet International has
appointed a new boss, with Norbert van den Eijnden taking over as
head of the multinational lessor from Karl-Heinz Kral, who is to
become CEO of Alphabet Germany. Van den Eijnden joined BMW
Financial Services in March 2008 as CEO of the captive’s
Netherlands subsidiary, after having been with Athlon Car Lease
International for 13 years.



Rob Foulston has been appointed chief executive of the Retail Motor
Industry Federation (RMIF). Foulston is currently head of the
RMIF’s training arm ReMIT, a role he will continue to carry

The RMIF said: “The appointment is
part of a restructuring within the RMIF which also sees Sue
Robinson becoming trade associations director. Kevin Waterman will
remain finance director, and Paul Williams will continue as RMIF
chairman.” Williams said: “Since Rob’s appointment at ReMIT, he has
shown considerable flair and business acumen which I believe he and
his team will successfully transpose to the RMIF. We all wish him
every success.”



Car supermarket Motorpoint has
created the role of group disposals manager, to be taken on by
James Faulkner, formerly general manager of Motorpoint
Peterborough. Faulkner will be responsible for the disposal of more
than 18,000 part-exchange units yearly, which will primarily take
place through Motorpoint’s online subsidiary, auction4cars.com,
although some cars will still be channelled through BCA. Faulkner
has experience in disposals from previous roles held at Alamo and
National Car Rental, before he joined Motorpoint in


Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance
(HCCF) has appointed Gerald Grimes to divisional managing director.
Grimes has been involved in financial services for over 20 years,
working for companies such as GE Capital and The Funding
Corporation. Since joining HCCF in 2007 as head of sales, he has
increased new business volumes by 40 percent and overseen the
implementation of new accounts such as Weatherseal, Zenith and
Furniture Village.



Anthony Doherty, currently head of development at CAP, has been
promoted to the role of development director. Having joined the
company in 1994 as a software engineer, Doherty has led CAP’s IT
department for the past 13 years. In his new position he is tasked
with driving the ongoing development of existing core products
while identifying new opportunities for CAP across all sectors.

At the same time Richard Whittles,
who has some 19-years service at CAP, has been promoted to the post
of general manager. He joined the company in 1989 as European
section editor of Black Book.Following some 18 months as operations
director he took the helm of the business overall following the
promotion of the former managing director Rupert Keane to the
divisional role of CEO for parent company Emap Insight.



The management buy-out (MBO) team
Regent Automotive Ltd (RAL) has acquired three Volvo dealerships
from HR Owen. The MBO was led by RAL’s managing director Tracey
Perry who has worked in the Volvo brand throughout her 26-year
career. She was joined by after sales director Frank Fisher and
fellow directors Barry Green and David Jaggar.

Finance for the acquisition was
put together with a combination of support from Barclays and Ford
Financial, parent of Volvo Finance, which funded the vehicle
requirement of the company. The sites are located in central and
northern London.



Brad Sayer, MD (UK and Europe) of
Netresult Mobility, is returning to his native Australia where he
will continue to work for the software company in Sydney. Steve
Edwards is replacing Sayer as Netresult Mobility representative for
the UK and European markets. With over 23 years’ experience in the
UK automotive and fleet markets, Edwards previously worked for
Leasedrive Velo, Cowie Interleasing and Motivity Solutions among
others, and latterly set up his own IT consultancy, Keyworth
Business Solutions.



GE Capital has named Clarence Nunn
as global president and chief executive officer of its Fleet
Services business. Nunn replaces Bob Mitchell, who was recently
appointed to a new role leading GE Capital’s regulated



Miles Roberts, the former managing
director of Southern Finance, has been appointed managing director
of Southern’s sister company Raphaels Bank. He is replaced at
Southern Finance by the former operations director Carl Virgo, who
has been with the company for over 28 years. Southern Finance and
Raphaels Bank are both subsidiaries of Lenlyn Holdings.



Debt purchase company Cabot has
appointed Piers Morgan and Dean Spencer to head up its new in-house
litigation department, Morgan Solicitors. The office opened on 26
January in Rugby.



Toyota GB has appointed Francesco
Mereu as director with responsibility for human resources,
corporate social responsibility and environmental strategy. He took
the post on 19 January, joining from the human resources division
of Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and replacing Sarah Fisher.

At the same time, TME has
announced the appointment of Masato Katsumata to the position of
senior vice-president of research and development (R&D). He
succeeds Kazuhiko Miyadera whose five-year tenure saw a €75 million
(£67 million) expansion to the company’s R&D capability and the
European development of the third-generation Avensis.



Tim Abbott has been named the new
managing director of BMW UK. He was previously the company’s sales
director, a position he has held since August 2006. He replaces
Klaus Kibsgaard who is moving to a new senior management post
within BMW Group Sales and Marketing Division which is to be
announced shortly.



Total Accident Management (Total),
the fleet repair subsidiary of Helphire Group, has appointed Penny
Stoolman as its first managing director. Stoolman’s appointment
comes after she spent the last two years as Total’s sales and
marketing director. In that time turnover more than doubled and its
accident management fleet has increased to over 11,000 vehicles.
Her career began with RAC plc where she spent 14 years in senior
sales and sales management roles before moving on to Kwik Fit as
sales and marketing director. In 2000 she joined Arval PHH as group
strategy and marketing director, followed by two years on the board
of Avis UK as sales and marketing director.

She joined Helphire first as an
external consultant before moving into sales and then as marketing
director for Total.