Fleet management provider LeasePlan has appointed Tex Gunning as chief executive officer and Marco van Kalleveen as chief operating officer.
The two will replace Vahid Daemi, who is stepping down as chief executive officer to retire after two decades with the company, including ten years in his current role, and Sven-Torston Huster, who is stepping down after six years on LeasePlan’s managing board.
On 20 September, Gunning will replace Daemi, who will continue to work with LeasePlan as an advisor to the managing board and chair of the general meeting of shareholders of LeasePlan until the end of 2017.
For the past three years Gunning has been chief executive officer at TNT Express, and worked on the supervisory board of TNT between 2011 and 2013. He was also managing director of the Decorative Paints Division of AkzoNobel between 2008 and 2013, chief executive of Vedior, and also has 25 years’ experience at Unilever.
Daemi said: “LeasePlan is in good shape, has a successful history and a continued growth path. This current environment presents a natural opportunity for me to pass the baton to a new CEO. I consider it a privilege to have led LeasePlan to its current market leadership and solid profitability. I am confident that CEO Tex Gunning and COO Marco van Kalleveen, together with CFO Guus Stoelinga and CCO Nick Salkeld, will form a strong managing board.”
Kalleveen will share the role of chief operating officer with Huster until the end of 2016, at which point Huster will take on an advisory role.
Kalleveen is another TNT Express alumni, having served as managing director domestics, chief transformation officer and member of the board of management of TNT beteen 2014 and 2016.
Before his position at TNT, he was partner at McKinsey and senior vice president at Bain Capital.
Jos Streppel, chairman of the supervisory board of LeasePlan, said: “The supervisory board has completed a thorough process to select a new CEO and COO. Tex is a visionary leader and will be a great asset to the leadership team, as will Marco. LeasePlan’s focus will remain on delivering outstanding service to our clients. Both Tex and Marco have extensive leadership experience and I am confident that all our stakeholders, such as clients, employees, investors, shareholders and suppliers, will benefit from their expertise as the company enters its next stage of development.”