Paul Harrison has joined ContractHireandLeasing from Auto Trader.
He has been appointed to the newly-created role of head of strategic partnerships, which will see him develop collaborations with other actors in the automotive industry. He will also play a role in external communications and market research.
Harrison was head of motor finance while at Auto Trader. During his time there, he helped develop Auto Trader’s finance proposition, which currently allows Financial Conduct Authority-authorised dealers to display their finance offers within their Auto Trader adverts. According to the website, 4,500 dealers have taken up this option.
Before his tenancy at Auto Trader, he was head of motor finance at the Finance & Leasing Association, and he also worked at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Vauxhall Motors.
David Timmis, managing director of ContractHireandLeasing’s parent company, Really Good Domains, said: “Paul brings significant industry relationships, in-depth market insight and a wealth of experience to the new role. I am delighted to welcome him on board during this exciting time for the business and the leasing sector in general.”
Harrison said: “I’m really happy to be joining ContractHireAndLeasing, having been impressed with the team’s plans for the future. The company has a long history of working collaboratively with lenders, manufacturers, retailers and brokers, which has helped leasing to flourish.
“The combination of shifting consumer behaviour, changing market conditions and regulatory activity presents a real opportunity to establish personal leasing in the mainstream.”