Alec Murray, former chairman of the RMIF, has been named the
first-ever chairman of Motor Codes Ltd’s Independent Compliance
Assessment Panel, which will make decisions on service and repair
standards among signatories to the Motor Industry Code of Practice
for Service and Repair. “The decisions made by the panel will
demonstrate that this Code actually has teeth and operates to the
standards expected by Motor Codes and, importantly, the Office of
Fair Trading,” said Murray.



The BVRLA has announced that its director-general, John Lewis,
who has been with the association for eight years, will henceforth
be given the new job title of chief executive. “The new position
reflects the growing stature that John and the association have
gained within the automotive sector in recent years. The board also
believes the move will help support John’s efforts in lobbying on
behalf of the vehicle rental and leasing industry in the UK and
abroad,” the BVRLA said.



Vertu Motors has appointed a new director for its commercial
vehicle businesses, Bristol Street Commercials. Nick Phillips, who
joins from Iveco, where he was a franchise director, will develop
Vertu’s CV strategy as the new group operations director. Phillips
previously also worked for Honda and Lex.



As of the first day of 2009, Declan O’Mahony has stepped into
the role of director of Motability, succeeding Don Brereton, who
held the post for five years. O’Mahony joined Motability in 2002 as
oversight and strategy director, and was promoted to deputy
director three years later. O’Mahony previously worked for Vauxhall
Motors and General Motors Europe.



Mitsubishi Motors Europe’s president and CEO Tim Tozer has left
the manufacturer after four years, and has been replaced by Gen



Alistair Wood has joined Fraikin to take on the new position of
procurement and services director, managing the company’s annual
expenditure of more than £40m on new commercial vehicles. He takes
over responsibility for procurement from George Noble, who is
retiring from Fraikin at the end of 2008 after seven years as
purchasing and technical director. Wood’s new role will also cover
disposal of 1,200 used vehicles every year.



Mark Venus has been appointed co-chair of Leaseurope’s
accounting and taxation committee. Venus started his career working
in corporate consumer finance at Renault, before taking on a number
of banking roles, most recently that of global head of accounts
payable at BNP Paribas.



The French arm of Volvo Financial Services has appointed a new
deputy managing director, Agnès Gervois.



Luca De Meo has left his job at Alfa Romeo, where he was chief
executive, manager for the Abarth marque, and head of marketing for
parent company Fiat. He has been succeeded at Alfa by Sergio



The chairman of GMAC in the US has resigned. J. Ezra Merkin
stepped down from his post in mid-January, shortly after the
finance house won permission to become a bank holding company and
access the US government’s fund for financial institutions. Lenard
Tessler – MD and joint head of private equity at Cerberus Capital
Management, and a GMAC director – is the interim chairman, with
Jeffrey Lomasky, Cerberus’ CFO, joining the board of GMAC.



Brendan Devine has joined Glasgow-based Kwik-Fit Financial
Services, an insurance intermediary, as managing director of
insurance. Devine, who replaces Martin Oliver in the role, was
previously managing director of GE Money Motor Finance, which was
bought by Santander in 2008, and managing director of GE Commercial
Finance in Ireland. He said: “KFFS is one of the most respected and
successful insurance brands in the UK and has also won many
plaudits. I am excited to be joining such a dynamic team and
relishing the prospect of a new challenge.” He will report to
Kwik-Fit Group CEO Ian Fraser.