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Round-Up: Wilson confirmed as Ford fleet boss, Aston Barclay board changes, Ubeeqo launches in Redbridge

Ford confirms new fleet boss

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Ford has confirmed Neil Wilson as its new fleet director.

An official confirmation comes after Company Car Today revealed Wilson’s new role. He joined Ford in 1999 and his most recent role was dealer and consumer marketing manager.

Wilson takes over from Owen Gregory who moves to Ford of Europe as director, commercial vehicles, Ford Customer Service Division.

Wilson said: “I look forward to the new challenges of the fleet director role and introducing strong new products such as Puma and Kuga PHEV to our fleet. I am confident that our diverse range of CVs will continue to keep the businesses of Britain moving as we progress towards electrification and demonstrate our commitment to the future of mobility.”

Aston Barclay management changes

Aston Barclay

Aston Barclay has announced revisions to its senior management structure.

As part of the changes, Martin Potter takes on the role of auction managing director and will be responsible for managing relationships with the top 25 vendor customers with Aston Barclay’s group auctioneers, group buyer services team and key accounts team all reporting into him.

Justin Lane becomes managing director, operations responsible for the daily running of Aston Barclay’s network of six auction centres and Daren Wiseman retains his role as digital director overseeing all digital product development, customer product engagement and system integration, while Tom Marley remains as managing director of The Car Buying Group.

“We have seen the used vehicle market change dramatically during 2019 which has led to increased challenges for our vendor and buyer customers,” explained Neil Hodson, Aston Barclay’s group CEO. “These changing market dynamics, combined with our own regular internal review process, has seen us introduce a flatter management structure to ensure we continue to enhance our agile and proactive approach to meeting our customers’ needs. Our aim is to drive profitability for our customers via multi-channel remarketing products and services – essential elements for future success.

Ubeeqo launches in Redbridge

Ubeeqo Toyota Corolla

Ubeeqo, Europcar’s car sharing arm, has launched in the London Borough of Redbridge with a number of Redbridge hybrid and electric vehicles.

As part of a deal with the council, the Toyota Corolla hybrids will be available for residents and businesses to book from an hour to several days at a time.

It is the largest Ubeeqo car sharing scheme of hybrid vehicles in London and is designed to play its part in improving air quality across Redbridge by providing a greener way to travel around the borough, the firm said. The cars are parked in spaces provided by Redbridge Council as part of its work to support green transport for businesses and residents, and include a series of new bays exclusively for local residents to book 24/7.