Simon Oliphant, Chief Executive of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, has been named as Vice-Chairman of the BVRLA and will take over as Chairman of the association when Peter Cakebread steps down in May 2015.
The appointment was announced at the BVRLA‘s AGM, in which several changes were made to the Committee of Management. Six new members were added:
Tim Buchan, Chief Executive of Leasedrive Zenith
Benoit Dilly, Managing Director of Arval UK
Victoria Hudson, Managing Director of Eurohire Vehicle Rentals
Tim Porter, Managing Director of Lex Autolease
Mark Servodidio, Managing Director of Avis Budget UK
Robert Shaw, Operations Director of Europcar Group UK
Making way for these new members are Bart Beckers of Arval UK, David Bird of Leasedrive, David Brennan (formerly of LeasePlan UK), Kaye Ceille of Avis Budget UK, Alison Chadwick of Thrifty Car Rental and Andrew Morley of Prohire.
Commenting on these appointments, BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “We are immensely grateful to this talented and experienced group, who have given up many hours of their time providing much-needed strategic counsel. Luckily, our industry has a deep pool of talent and we can welcome some very able replacements to guide us through the challenges ahead.”
Former Vice-Chairman Neil Cunningham of Hertz, who served as Chairman of the BVRLA between 2011-2013, will remain on the Committee of Management.
Keaney added: “As Chairman, Vice-Chairman or in committees, Neil has been involved with most of the big decisions this association has had to take in recent years. His experience and enthusiasm are a great asset to the BVRLA and we are delighted that he will remain on the Committee of Management.”
Fleetdrive’s Managing Director, Mike Potter, has been appointed as Vice-Chairman of the BVRLA Leasing Broker Committee. The Committee provides an arena for members of this growing part of the leasing industry to develop and discuss new ideas and share experience and knowledge.
David Hosking, Chief Executive of Tusker, becomes Vice-Chairman of the Leasing and Fleet Management Committee.