A roundup of the month’s people moves

LEASEPLAN

LeasePlan has announced that two
high-profile members of staff are to swap jobs. Matt Dyer, the former MD
of LeasePlan International, took up the role of commercial director
of LeasePlan UK, while that post’s previous incumbent, Tim Hudson, moves to
head up the lessor’s international division. Both had held their
previous positions since 2004.

David Brennan, managing director
at LeasePlan UK, said: “Tim and Matt will each bring a wealth of
experience to their respective roles which will be a great benefit
to LeasePlan, both in the UK and internationally.”

AUTOQUAKE

The online car sales site
Autoquake has announced that Troy Kaser is to be its
new chief technology officer. Previously, Kaser was VP of
engineering at travel site Expedia.com, and has also worked for
MSN, among others; he has extensive e-commerce experience.

“Just as Expedia changed the face
of the travel market, so Autoquake is working with its suppliers to
change the shape of fleet car remarketing,” Kaser commented.

PARAGON
REMARKETING

Neil Burrows has been
recruited by Paragon Remarketing to be the vehicle remarketing
company’s new business development director, with responsibility
for all account management and client relations, Paragon said,
along with marketing, new business, and corporate communications
strategy. Burrows most recently held the position of managing
director of Goodyear Dunlop’s HiQ Fast Fit Franchise. He has
previously held senior sales and marketing positions with Audi UK,
Nissan Europe and with Goodyear Dunlop, and has over 25 years’
experience in the automotive sector.

BEN

Sarah Sillars has joined
the board of trustees of motor industry charity BEN. Sillars is the
chief executive of the IMI, with over 25 years’ experience in the
motor sector.

“Sarah has been a long-term
supporter of BEN, previously serving as vice president, and she
brings to the board an enthusiasm and unparalleled understanding of
the industry that we are certain will reap huge rewards for BEN,”
said the charity’s chief executive David Main.

IAM

The IAM (Institute of Advanced
Motorists) has appointed Simon Best as chief
executive; he was formerly the road safety organisation’s managing
director. Before joining IAM in 2007, Best worked for GE Capital
Solutions, where he looked after the BT business partnership; he
also worked as a corporate sales director at Lex Vehicle Leasing,
among other industry roles.

CITROËN UK

The post of fleet director at
Citroën UK has been filled by Andrew Wady. He joins
from Audi UK, where he was national contract hire and leasing
manager, and has previously worked for BMW UK and Ford in a range
of fleet roles. Wady will report to Citroën UK MD Gary Savage, and
will look after the manufacturer’s national fleet, business sector
and commercial vehicle sales, as well as vehicle remarketing.

GENERAL MOTORS UK

As of January 1 2010, Duncan Aldred is to take up
the reins as the new managing director of General Motors, UK &
Ireland. He will fill the post vacated by Bill Parfitt, the current
chairman and MD, who is retiring, but who will, however, stay on at
the manufacturer as non-executive chairman. Aldred, who is at
present the director of sales operations for GM Europe, will also
become GM UK & Ireland’s executive director of sales, servicing
and marketing.

OPEL

General Motors’ group VP and
president of Opel Europe, Carl-Peter Forster, is
to step down, the manufacturer announced. He will help Opel in its
search for a new CEO, in consultation with the European Employees
Forum. In the meantime, Nick
Reilly
, GM executive vice president and president,
GM International Operations, will take up the role of interim CEO,
although day-to-day operational decisions will rest with respective
countries’ MDs.

PORSCHE

Lutz Meschke has joined
the executive board of Porsche AG as executive vice-president of
financial affairs. His new role entails management of the finance
and operations division, as well as purchasing and procurement.
Meschke was previously head of central controlling at the carmaker,
and is a trained accountant, having started his career at KPMG.

RENAULT UK

Darren Payne has joined
Renault UK as fleet and commercial vehicle operations director. He
will sit on the manufacturer's board, reporting to UK MD
Roland Bouchara. Payne has worked for Hertz and PHH (now Arval),
and spent 14 years at General Motors UK, where he was leasing
manager for the UK, national fleet sales manager for Vauxhall, Saab
and Chevrolet, sales director for GM UK Leasing, and, most
recently, used vehicle sales, marketing and operations director for
the UK and Ireland.

Bouchara commented: “I am pleased
that someone of Darren’s calibre joins us as we prepare to launch
several key models in the coming months. With a committed and
fully-focused team behind him, we’re looking forward to
re-asserting our brand in the all-important fleet and LCV sectors
in the months ahead.”

VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL
VEHICLES

Matthew Bowden has
joined Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as head of operations,
responsible for new and used vehicle sales, and VW’s Van Centre
network.
He moves across from Volkswagen Passenger Cars, where he was
national fleet sales manager. Bowden started at VW in 1995, working
for the Financial Services division, moving to Passenger Cars in
1999; he undertook a three-year placement in China, establishing
the planning function at Shanghai Volkswagen. He replaces
Duncan
Sands
, who left the manufacturer to take up a role
with Wayside retail group as commercial director.

EXPERIAN

Experian has appointed
Nick Grant
as head of collections propositions for the UK and Ireland, the
credit bureau said. He will report to Simon Waller, head of
collections, and joins from CGI, where he was responsible for the
development of its credit risk capabilities and CACS product across
the UK and Europe.

Waller said: “Nick will help the
collections team deliver even more innovative new services for our
customers in a climate where collections and debt management has
never been more important.”

JATO DYNAMICS

Automotive data provider JATO
Dynamics has said that David
Di Girolamo
is its new retail sector business
development director. He formerly led JATO Consult and will
continue as the public face of the division; he has previously
worked to develop performance improvement programmes for dealers
and importers and for brands such as Peugeot, Toyota and
Volkswagen.

EPYX/1LINK

The inaugural chairman of the
newly-formed 1link Hire Network Customer Forum will be
Gavin Jones,
it was announced. Jones is services manager, accident and rental
services at Masterlease. The forum has been created so users of
1link’s e-commerce platform have an opportunity to air their views
and help develop the network further.

Software company epyx has also
taken on four new staff members: Marcus Williams as buyer
recruitment executive on the 1link Disposal Network; Carol Turnbull as an
account executive in the customer services team; while Lorraine Abbotts,
formerly of Arval, and James
Drury
have joined epyx’s Network Support Team.

INSURANCE4CARHIRE.COM

Insurance4carhire.com has
appointed Kevin
Hall
to the post of head of distribution and
development. Hall has over 25 years of travel sector experience,
and has worked in the car hire industry; he joins from Orbitz
Worldwide, part of ebookers.com, where he was senior director, and
worked on the carbookers.com site.