The weekly round-up of fleet news, this week featuring the comings and goings at Arval, a Turkish fleet expansion and education about sacrifice. By Jonathan Minter, Brian Cantwell and Mike Cobb.
Moves afoot at Arval
Arval, the fleet arm of BNP Paribas, has added two heads of sales to its corporate sales team.
Chris Salmon has joined Arval as head of corporate sales from Leasedrive, where he led the corporate sales team for the last three years. Prior to this, Salmon rose through the ranks at Inchcape Fleet Solutions.
Arnaud Bosvieux has transferred back to Arval in the UK from BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions where he held the position of head of vendor partnerships. At Arval, Bosvieux will head of the large corporate sales team, bringing a wealth of large corporate and sales leadership experience having previously worked for Arval in the UK, France, Spain and China.
Salmon and Bosvieux will report into Andy Fuller; Arval’s newly appointed corporate sales director. Fuller has been with Arval for 10 years, and replaced Mike Curtis who is now general manager of Arval’s subsidiary in India.
Fleet Logistics’ Turkish delight
The Turkish fleet management sector has grown as Fleet Logistics continued its expansion into Europe by opening an operation there.
The Turkish operation will be based in the local headquarters of TÜV SÜD, the parent company of the venture.
The venture has already gained its first new customer with bio-pharmaceutical company UCB.
The Fleet Logistics deal will provide the company with 79 VW branded cars.
Lex: don’t sacrifice fleet education
Over two-thirds (68%) of employees have little or no knowledge of salary sacrifice schemes, according to research from Lex Autolease.
As a result, just 18% of the 500 employees the Lloyds subsidiary asked said they would be willing to buy a car using such a scheme.
Andrew Hodgsen, senior manager, strategic fleet consultancy, at Lex said "To ensure they are getting the best solution possible, businesses need to do more to educate employees about the breadth of options available to them. Only then can they maximise the potential of salary sacrifice to motivate and reward staff."
Fleet Alliance adds energy client
SERS Energy Solutions has hired Fleet Alliance to manage its mixed fleet of 140 cars and vans following a competitive tender.
SERS designs, supplies and installs energy saving solutions and has a fleet of 35 leased cars for sales staff, and 105 vans primarily for site-based staff.
The company had previously managed its own fleet but changed its strategy as the business grew and fleet management become more complicated.
Mike Roberts, group director at SERS, said: "As our business expanded so it became increasingly obvious that we needed a specialist provider to help manage our fleet more professionally.