People update October 201304 October 2013

Robert Muller has been appointed network operations director at Mercedes-Benz. He joined the UK business from Canada in 2012, and he replaces Ewan Ramsay, who will continue to develop his international career outside the UK.

First UK Bus has appointed Chris Rogers as director of transformation. He joins the company from management consultancy ASK, and will be responsible for enabling depot teams to deliver the company's 'Better Journeys for Life' promise.

Pete Murphy, who currently heads up Isuzu Truck's national fleet division, is to succeed Nikki King as UK managing director. He will be working with King until her retirement at the end of October this year. Having joined Isuzu Truck UK from Lex Transfleet as a fleet sales executive in 1998, Murphy is one of the company's longest serving employees.

Enrico Vassallo is the new CEO of Yorkshire based bus manufacturer Optare Group, which is 75% per cent owned by Ashok Leyland. He replaces P G Nilsson who has been the Interim CEO since 1 January 2013. Glenn Saint will continue in his role as deputy CEO.

Eberspächer UK has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a new CFO. Louise Tarrier joins the company from engineering company John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, where she was group financial controller.

Tony Gunn has re-joined TTC as a product manager, having spent seven years at the company in the 1990s. In between, he was responsible for the Jaguar department at Unipart.

There are two new faces at epyx, with the arrival of Brian Franklin, as business development executive, and Alastair Fairbairn, as network development executive. Franklin and Fairbairn will both be working on the company's 1link Service Network.

Webasto has recruited a new product manager for blue light, agricultural and off highway vehicles, HGV and defence. Jason Tyers joins the company having built up 10 years' experience in the commercial tyre industry with Bridgestone and Goodyear Dunlop.

Castings solution providers, Grainger & Worrall, has appointed Matthew Snelson to its senior team. Snelson's new role will be executive quality manager.

Brian Tinham

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