Gerry Keaney appointed chief executive of BVRLA

2 April 2013 by Peter Johnstone

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has appointed Gerry Keaney as chief executive, effective from 1 May.

After starting his career at British Leyland, Keaney spent 21 years in a number of roles at Volvo, including six years as managing director of Volvo Cars UK. He then moved on to work for Volvo's international parent company, most recently as senior vice president of marketing, sales and customer service.

Neil Cunningham, chairman of the BVRLA, said the Association was "delighted" with the appointment, and "proud" to have gained a "senior executive with such a wealth of experience."

Keaney will replace current chief executive John Lewis, who will assume a new part time role as director of external affairs, after having occupied the top spot for 13 years.

Cunningham thanked Lewis for "the tireless work he has undertaken on behalf of the association and its members."

He continued: ""Thanks to his leadership, the BVRLA has more influence than ever and has evolved into a growing, modern trade association that continues to deliver vital information and services to its members."