Some companies opt for outside executives; others prefer to grow their own talent. But equally remarkable among many lease and fleet companies are the new faces at the top. Some emphasise innovation, others growth. All will be crucial to their company's future.
1. John Saffrett - COO, ALD International
John Saffrett is the new Chief Operating Officer at ALD International. Just a few months ago, he still was Chief Administration Officer, with responsibilities extending to IT support and digitisation, including the development of new solutions for fleet and mobility connectivity. In his new role, he will be responsible for ALD's operational management, across the company's more than 40 markets worldwide, and for its more than 1.4 million vehicles.
2. Bart Beckers - CCO, Arval
As a dynamic executive at the top of an ambitious and powerful firm, Bart Beckers is a man to watch – and listen to. Starting out in 1993 as Commercial Director for Hertz in Belgium, Beckers soon moved on to becoming country director for LeasePlan, first in Belgium then in France. In 2011, he made the switch to Arval UK, becoming group CCO in 2013. Bart Beckers is in charge of business development and commercial strategy, the International Business Office, consulting, procurement, insurance, remarketing and strategic programmes – a wide and crucial range of responsibilities, at a company in a crucial stage of its development.
3. Tex Gunning - CEO and Chairman, LeasePlan International
New shareholders, new executive team: LeasePlan's new CEO is Tex Gunning, replacing Vahid Daemi, who retired after more than two decades with the company. In the wake of his appointment, effective late September, a number of high-profile functions have been filled by fresh faces.
Tex Gunning has extensive experience in helping large corporations transform to the next phase of growth. As CEO and Chairman of LeasePlan International, Tex Gunning is living up to his reputation as a change manager, already overseeing some dramatic and remarkable initiatives, such as the pan-European partnership with Uber, concluded last February.
4. Gero Goetzenberger - CEO, Athlon International
It was last summer’s biggest fleet news story: Daimler Financial Services acquires Athlon International. The successor company unites Athlon with the fleet management activities of Daimler Financial Services. It continues under the Athlon name, but its first CEO is Gero Goetzenberger, the last CEO of Daimler Fleet Management.
He aims to complete the integration by 2018, leveraging the size, expertise, compatibility, partnerships and mobility services of both companies.
5. Philippe Belorgey - CEO, Free2Move Lease
Philippe Belorgey is the CEO of Free2Move Lease, a business unit within Free2Move, the new brand launched by PSA to bundle and enhance its mobility services and products – an ambitious and daring move on the part of a manufacturer. The aim is nothing less than to become the preferred mobility solution for its customers, even if that includes expanding the offer from captive to multibrand.
6. Jochen Schmitz - Head of International Fleet, Volkswagen Financial Services
In November last year, Jochen Schmitz took over the international fleet business at Volkswagen Financial Services. Not yet 40, he can already look back on a long and distinguished career in the fleet management and automotive industries.
7. Vincent Peeters - CEO, Business Lease Group
Following in the footsteps of Harm Nijlunsing, who led Business Lease for 11 years, Vincent Peeters has a clear vision of where to go next: “We’ve been too modest: we are more versatile than most people, also internally, realise”.
Vincent Peeters aims to leverage the group's strengths in the Netherlands and Eastern Europe to grow to the next level.
8. Dr. Jörg Löffler - CEO, Fleet Logistics Group
As the new CEO of Fleet Logistics, the main priority of Dr. Jörg Löffler is to further the group's internationalisation, as well as expand business operations to include new services. Under the leadership of his predecessor, Rainer Laber, the TÜV Süd subsidiary became Europe's largest independent fleet management services provider. That dovetails with Dr. Löffler's own experience. As former Vice President Corporate Development at Knorr Bremse AG, he is a recognised authority in international business development.