The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has announced the appointment of Simon Oliphant, Chief Executive of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, to vice-chairman.
Oliphant will step in as chairman when his predecessor Peter Cakebread steps down in 2015.
Announced at the association’s annual general meeting, the appointment accompanied a reshuffle which saw six new members added to the BVRLA’s Committee of Management:
- 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
The six will replace: 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.
Former Vice-Chairman Neil Cunningham of Hertz, who served as Chairman of the BVRLA between 2011-2013, will remain on the Committee of Management.
Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the BVRLA, 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.
New appointments also featured among two of the BVRLA’s member committees.
David Hosking, chief executive of Tusker, was announced as vice-chairman of the Leasing and Fleet Management Committee, while Mike Potter, managing director of Fleetdrice, will take on the vice-chairmanship of the Leasing Broker Committee.