Round-Up: New Ford fleet boss, VW recruiting for new fleet head, Taxi firm takes on Lexuses

New fleet boss for Ford

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Ford has a new fleet director, with Neil Wilson moving from his current role as dealer and consumer marketing manager to replace Owen Gregory.

Gregory has been promoted to a European commercial vehicle role within Ford after more than three years heading up the company’s UK fleet operation and is replaced by Wilson, who has been with Ford for more than 11 years in previous positions including fleet marketing manager and sales planning manager roles.

Ford has a busy start to 2020 with the new Kuga and Puma SUVs both scheduled to launch in Q1 ahead of electrification coming across various models in full battery, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid forms.

VW looking for new fleet boss

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Volkswagen has begun the recruitment process for a new head of fleet to replace Michael O’Shea (pictured) who has been appointed to a more senior role within the group.

Company Car Today understands O’Shea – who has been in the role in 2013 – will be announced soon and that in the meantime he will still lead the fleet team.

The job advert states the successful candidate will “develop and implement a strategy to deliver the fleet sales volume, mix and market share”, adding the person will also “develop relationships with key customers directly and via contract hire and leasing and ensure Volkswagen UK has an effective fleet team, maximising opportunities and delivering a winning plan across all fleet channels.”

Taxi firm takes on Lexus ESs

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Private hire company Topps has taken on eight Lexus ES hybrid models for its chauffeur services.

The company took on the vehicles in Premium Pack spec and they were supplied through Lexus Leicester.

Kelvin Tompkins, Managing Director of Topps said: “We have always chosen luxury German cars up until now, but we have been very impressed not just with the ES but also with the all-round support and service provided by Lexus It has been a very positive start to our move to Lexus hybrids, which should deliver the comfort and luxury our customers require, together with competitive running costs and reliability that are essential to us as a business.”