BMW FINANCIAL SERVICES
BMW Financial Services UK has
appointed a new interim chief executive, Christian
Kalinke. The former head of the BMW captive’s UK
operations, Keith Dye, is returning to his native
South Africa, after four-and-a-half years at the helm.
Kalinke will take up the post on March 1, and will oversee BMW
Financial Services UK until a permanent replacement for Dye is
recruited. He has over 30 years’ experience, and was head of
Financial Services in Europe from 2006-2008. Prior to that, Kalinke
was head of strategy and marketing for the captive’s European
Zenith Provecta has announced that
Mark Connor will take up the role of head of
operations at the fleet management and leasing company. The
position is a newly-created role which Zenith Provecta has
instituted in order to improve further its operational offering to
customers, the independent fleet management company said. Connor
joins from Lex, where he spent seven years in senior management
roles, and will be responsible for “maintenance and in-life
services, Careline (the Zenith Provecta Accident Management Team),
procurement and contracts administration” in his new position,
Zenith Provecta said.
In addition, Robert Butler has been appointed to
the newly-created role of financial controller at the company. He
is an experienced finance professional, having held the positions
of deputy FD at Shepherd Construction and head of financial
accounting at Virgin Media.
Close Motor Finance’s new
branch in Swindon will be run by Ryan Scaife, who
has taken on the role of branch manager. Scaife previously worked
for HFC Bank and has extensive experience in finance, sales and
collections, Close Motor Finance said.
HITACHI CAPITAL VEHICLE
Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has
said that James Worraker is to be its new head of
finance. Worraker has spent over 15 years in the automotive
industry, and has worked for LeasePlan and the RAC among others.
His areas of responsibility will include “accounting and control,
planning and analysis, commercial support and credit and
collection,” the company said.
The chief financial officer of GMAC
Financial Services in the US, Robert Hull, has
resigned and has joined Providence Equity Partners, a private
equity firm. The lender is now conducting a search both internally
and externally for a replacement to Hull, who joined GMAC in
Vincent Rambaud will
take up the position of CEO at Automobiles Peugeot with effect from
2 April, the French carmaker announced. He will report to
Jean-Marc Gales, the marque director at PSA
Peugeot-Citroën. Rambaud was previously director of PSA
Peugeot-Citroën in Latin America. The carmaker has also announced
changes in its general management. Olivier Veyrier
will be in charge of sales in France; Olivier
Dardart in northern Europe; Rafael Prieto
in southern Europe; and Jean-Philippe Imparato in
all other markets.
G3 Remarketing has announced two new
appointments. Tom Marley has joined the
remarketing firm as head of projects and development; he has held
senior roles in the leisure, travel and automotive industries.
Terry McDonald has also joined, as a senior
account manager. He has over a decade’s experience within the
auction sector, G3 said, and will be responsible for the company’s
fortnightly online commercial auctions.
Carl Gannon has
joined Red2Black Collections as the head of its Stolen Vehicles
unit. Gannon spent nine years with Greater Manchester Police,
joining the CID after four years on the force. In 1992 he switched
to the private sector, as fraud officer for a leasing company.
Gannon was vice-chairman of the Asset Finance Sector Group of CIFAS
and has also sat on the Finance & Leasing Association’s Money
Laundering Working Party.