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Gallop heads Alphabet fleet management teamIn the latest of a series of key leadership appoint-ments, Alphabet has brought Martyn Gallop into its operational management team as the new head of fleet management. Gallop joins the company from Fleet Logistics, where he was operations director for the past five years. Read more...Change of management for Kwik-FitKwik-Fit Group has announced the departure of CEO Ian Fraser and group finance director Michael Healy. Following the recent acquisition of the group by the Itochu Corporation, the company will now be led by Kenji Murai of Itochu.Read more...Sharp to retire as Ford's UK managing directorMark Ovenden (pictured) has been appointed managing director at Ford of Britain, replacing Nigel Sharp who is retiring after 39 years with the company. Ovenden, currently managing director and president of Ford Russia, will return to Britain after almost three years working in Europe's fastest-growing market. He takes the reins on August 15.Read more...Meadows joins LeasePlan as brand directorLeasePlan UK has announced the appointment of Tim Meadows as the new brand director of its public sector brand, Automotive Leasing. Meadows was promoted from within the group and takes over from Stuart Walker, who was recently appointed to the new role of strategic marketing and ancillary services director.Read more...Sra to lead Iveco in UK and IrelandA series of strategic organisa-tional changes have taken place at Iveco affecting its sales and marketing structure. Central to the changes is the appointment of Luca Sra as managing director of Iveco, with responsibility for the UK and Ireland. He will be based at Iveco's headquarters in Watford, Hertfordshire.Read more...Willcox gains promotion at NissanPaul Willcox has been appointed senior vice-president, sales and marketing, for Nissan in Europe. Willcox was previously managing director at Nissan Motor GB - Nissan's UK national sales company. He has been replaced by European vice-president Jim Wright.Read more...Amey appoints business development directorAmey has appointed James Trotter as business development director of its local government divi-sion. Trotter will be responsible for increasing Amey's local government market share in key sectors, including highways management and street lighting.Read more...Business servicesManufacturer newsFleet profileFunding methodsNewsdigestCar RecruitmentreviewsPeople news