Fraikin has announced three senior management appointments in the UK. Hugh Cole is the new managing director; Jeremy Heron is sales and marketing director; and Michelle Everitt is head of HR. Cole was formerly managing director of Linde Castle and, before that, fleet director at Balfour Beatty Group. Heron moves from Lex Autolease, where he was head of corporate new business and bid management, And Everitt joins from global engineering firm Fosroc International, where she was European HR business partner.
Optare has appoointed Robert Drewery as commercial director. He moves from Wrightbus, where he led the sales team to win major UK and international contracts, and also oversaw the introduction of the New Routemaster.
Commercial vehicle fleet management specialist Prohire, has appointed Jonathan Eldridge and James Fairclough as rental sales and rental operations managers respectively. Sales director, Andrew Morley says the appointments reflect a growth in demand for Prohire’s rental services.
Neil Jacob, formerly with Imperial Holdings, is new dealer principal at Mercedes-Benz truck and van dealer S&B Commercials. The dealer, which represents Mercedes-Benz and Fuso trucks in Essex, Hertfordshire and North London, has 275 staff and operates from its Welham Green HQ, with other sites at Hatfeld, Stansted and West Thurrock.
Buffaload Logistics has created a new position of UK general manager and promoted national operations manager Liam Gimbert to the post. The move is part of a restructuring initiative and the new role encompasses day to day running of all Buffaload sites and their fleet requirements.
Just five months after the decision to bundle its heavy- and medium-duty trucks businesses as Volkswagen Truck & Bus under CEO Andreas Renschler, VW’s supervisory board has completed its management team. Matthias Gründler is the new chief financial officer, while Lars Stenqvist has been appointed to head cross-divisional R&D. This completes the team of top professionals. Other board members include MAN Truck & Bus CEO Joachim Drees and Per Hallberg, CEO of Scania.