Richard Schooling has been appointed as chief commercial officer at fleet lessor Alphabet International.

In this newly defined position from 1st May, he is responsible for the strategic coordination and development of all 18 Alphabet markets.

"The reorganisation of the management team is a consequent step after Ed Frederiks’ retirement announcement in December 2015," Alphabet International wrote.

Schooling led Alphabet in the UK as chief executive for the past 5 years, prior to that he was chief operating officer of BMW Group Financial Services UK. Schooling was also part of the original BMW Group senior management team that founded Alphabet in 1997.

As part of the management team, Carsten Kwirandt, head of marketing and business development and Uwe Hildinger, chief sales officer will continue to lead their respective departments and manage the steering of the Alphabet markets.

Nicholas Brownrigg has been appointed as the new chief executive officer at Alphabet in the UK, joining the company from Dubai-based ALJ Group.

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Alphabet UK reaches new milestone

Alphabet UK has announced that Alphabet Partner, the broker sales channel launched in late 2014, has now exceeded a portfolio of 10,000 customers.

Graham Conway, head of Alphabet Partner said: "Our portfolio of over 10,000 customers would place Alphabet Partner in the top 20 of the UK’s biggest leasing operations if we were a standalone business. So to achieve this success in such a short space of time shows what a compelling and different proposition we have for our brokers as well as their customers."

In addition to this milestone, Alphabet also announced that current regional development manager for the South, Richard Chadwick, is taking up a newly-created position as national commercial development manager for Alphabet Partner.

Leon Brown joins Alphabet Partner to replace Chadwick as regional development manager for the South, while Francesca Danson was appointed indirect sales team leader, managing the Alphabet Partner support team based at the company’s new Farnborough headquarters.