The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing
Association (BVRLA) has appointed Neil Cunningham as its new
vice-chairman. Cunningham has been general manager at Hertz UK
since 1998. He has over 25 years of experience in the vehicle
rental industry, and was responsible for Hertz’s entry into the car
sharing market in 2008.

The association has also appointed
four new vice-chairmen to its member committees.

Elliot Lennick, CEO of MAN Financial
Services, is the new vice-chairman of the BVRLA Commercial Vehicle
Committee. Martin Brown, MD of Fleet Alliance, is the new
vice-chairman for the BVRLA Leasing Broker Committee. Simon
Oliphant, CEO of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, will cover the
same role for the Leasing and Fleet Management Committee, and
Alison Chadwick, director of regional operations for Thrifty Car
and Van Rental, will be the BVRLA’s new vice-chairman for the
Rental Committee.



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Global SME financier CIT has appointed
Robert Rowe as its new credit chief officer. His responsibilities
will include setting credit policy and overseeing CIT’s workout and
special assets function. Prior to joining CIT, he was senior credit
officer for commercial banking at FirstMerit Bank and before that
he was chief credit officer of National City Bank.



UK test equipment leasing company
Microlease has appointed David Whitfield as its new head of sales.
Whitfield joins from leadership consultancy Outsoar, where he has
been a director since 2003. Prior to that, he worked as an
electronics engineer with Rohde & Schwarz, working in the UK as
well as Germany. Microlease MD Nigel Brown said that Whitfield is
“the perfect candidate to take Microlease up to the next level”.
The lessor, which is the preferred rental partner of Agilent, is
now organised into three business divisions: rental, under Paul
McCloskey; asset management, under Bill Coley; and equipment sales
under Whitfield.


Sam Baker, FinelineFineline Media Finance

Fineline Media Finance, part of the
Five Arrows Leasing Group, has expanded its team with three new
hires as it plans further expansion in the media industry finance
sector. Sam Baker becomes Fineline’s new sales executive. Her
experience includes nine years with reseller Top-Teks Ltd as well
as a role at Siemens Financial Services.

Garry Pearce is Fineline’s new credit
manager. Prior to joining Fineline, he worked with Deutsche
Leasing, and before that, he worked for BMW Financial Services.
Donna Sharpe will oversee the back-office requirements of
Fineline’s captive supplier finance programmes. She previously
worked as credit analyst with SGB Services Ltd.


Bibby Financial

Cash-flow funding specialist Bibby
Financial Services has strengthened its focus on the Asia-Pacific
region with the appointment of Ian Watson as CEO for the region.
Watson’s focus will be to “capitalise on potential opportunities
for small and medium-sized businesses presented by the weak pound
and increase trade flows across the world”, the company said in a


ING Car Lease France

Olivier Monot has been appointed as
the new general director of ING Car Lease France. Monot, who
previously was general director at DCS Fleet, a subsidiary of
Daimler-Chrysler Financial Services, replaces Marion Van de Guchte.
Prior to heading DCS Fleet in 2006, he worked for Mercedes-Benz
Charter Way. He joined DaimlerChrysler France in 2001 as credit
manager for the company’s financial services division.


HPI Finance Gateway

HPI Finance Gateway has appointed
Michelle Morgan as its support team manager. Morgan has over 10
years of experience in the financial services sector, and in her
new role she will be responsible for increasing acceptance rates
and paid out deals.

The HPI Finance Gateway team – which
has recently gained Specialist Automotive Finance (SAF) approved
status with the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) – now
includes James Edwards as sales operations manager, Darren Greenyer
as operations manager, as well as Morgan and the account



LCV rental specialist Northgate has
appointed finance director Bob Contreras as its new CEO with
immediate effect. Contreras has been working at Northgate since
June 2008, and made a “significant contribution to the Group’s debt
refinancing and Placing and Rights Issue in 2009”, the company said
in a statement. He will now focus on “implementing a fundamental
reorganisation of the UK business”. The company’s deputy CEO Paul
Tallentire is leaving with immediate effect.

Northgate chairman Bob Mackenzie said:
“I am delighted that Bob has accepted the role of CEO following his
excellent work as group finance director over the last two years. I
wish to thank Paul on behalf of the Board for his contribution to
the Group since November 2008.” An announcement in relation to the
appointment of a new finance director will be made in due course,
the company added.


Zaiga Jinkinson, ManheimManheim Auctions

Manheim Auctions has strengthened its
management team with the appointment of new auction managers for
its Birmingham, Bruntingthorpe and Glasgow outlets. Steve Hanna,
who has worked for Manheim for six years, including as auction
centre manager at Coventry, is due to move to Birmingham. Zaiga
Jinkinson, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the vehicle
auction industry, will head up the team at Bruntingthorpe. Pat
McInally, who joins from Central Car Auctions, will run the Manheim
business in Glasgow.


GE Capital

GE Capital has appointed Alan Austin
as regional director, covering London and the South. He will be
based in London and will be responsible for growing the asset based
lending business. His previous experiences include positions with
KBC Business Capital, Landsbanki, Enterprise Finance Europe and
Lloyds TSB. He will report to Jon Hughes, GE Capital’s business
development director for London and the South East.



Société Générale subsidiary ECS UK has
hired a new risk administrator.

Danielle Gonsalves joins the
technology lessor from Aldermore Bank, where she was a financial

ECS UK also recently took up provision
of maintenance and other services to its customers, in line with a
trend mirrored across Europe among IT lessors aiming to provide
‘solution’-based finance models. As of April this year, almost a
third of the company’s 12,000 business clients had taken up
maintenance inclusive contracts. (see Green light
for growth 
for an update on IT leasing


Carlyle Finance

Cardiff-based car and van finance
company Carlyle Finance has appointed Dan Cholewinski as its
national account manager. He takes up the new role after three
years in the Carlyle business. The appointment follows Carlyle’s
sales growth last year – and is part of an increased national sales

He said: “I am sure that with our
unique products and service proposition we will succeed in winning
more dealer relationships and supporting profitable growth.”


British Car Auctions

Steve Paine has returned to British
Car Auctions (BCA) Blackbushe centre to resume his position as
sales manager, after a secondment to BCA’s Birmingham centre.

Paine’s returning role includes
responsibility for further developing LCV sales at Blackbushe,
which has a dedicated van sale every week. BCA’s commercial sales
general manager Duncan Ward said: “We are delighted to have Steve
back at Blackbushe and fully committed to developing our LCV sales
programme. His experience and market knowledge will be vital as we
grow the commercial sales portfolio at Blackbushe.”

Steve Paine and Duncan Ward, British Car Auctions


Bluestone Leasing

Yorkshire-based lessor Bluestone
Leasing has taken on Mark Johnston as regional development

Johnston leaves his previous position
as regional sales director at broker VRS Equipment Leasing.

Bluestone sales director Steve Russell
said: “I think the background to Mark’s appointment is that,
unusually in the sector, we are bullish about our business,
prospective opportunities and indeed, the broader market.

“We feel we have consolidated and got
through the recession in a healthy position.

“We wanted really to take some of the
optimism forward and go ahead with recruitment plans.”

Johnston, he added, offered a “good
combination of experience in the market and geographical

His role will be in the North West of
England, where he will deal with Bluestone’s reprographic, security
and vendor` partners.

Russell added: “Importantly for us, he
fits the ethos and culture of the business. We have a fairly
dynamic approach to how we do business and Mark ticked all the

His appointment represents one
‘tranche’ of Bluestone’s wider recruitment drive across the UK.

“We have open arms to people with
talent in the industry, looking to join one of the most successful,
progressive intermediaries in the market,” Russell said.


Xerox Finance

Rania Pugh has left German lessor
Grenke Leasing for a position at Xerox Finance.

She will take on the role of
operations manager and will be responsible for managing the
development of the ‘leasing operations strategy’.