Car leasing and fleet management company Arval has appointed a CEO for a newly created international business line dedicated to new channels and SMEs.
Grégoire Chové will take on the role, after more than 10 years driving the development of Arval’s International Business Office (IBO), as the BNP Paribas subsidiary looks to develop new distribution channels, as well as addressing the international SME market on a local basis.
Chové said: “The new business line is opening up opportunities within a vast prospective portfolio of small companies and entrepreneurs for Arval.”
The company has also taken on a new group sales director as part of a bid to grow market share internationally.
Tero Tapala, who was Arval’s regional general manager for Brazil, Greece, India, Morocco, Portugal and Turkey for more than three years, will take up the position.
He said: “In today’s international marketplace, many companies are faced with the challenges of operating fleets in an unstable and unpredictable economic environment.
“Arval offers the consulting and technical expertise our clients need to select and operate a cohesive national and international fleet.
“I am looking forward to growing our market share in the various countries where Arval is already present, and following our customers to countries where we are not yet present.”
Tapala began his career at Arval at PHH Deutschland in 1989 and held the position of general manager of Arval Germany and Arval Austria from 1996 to 2007.
Chové is a graduate of French business school the Institut Supérieur de Gestion. He has held different positions with the company in countries including France and Italy, mainly in the sales area.