LeasePlan appoints new UK MD

Leasplan Martinez


Vehicle management Group LeasePlan’s UK MD Matt Dyer has been appointed chief executive and president of LeasePlan USA after more than four and a half years leading the business in the UK. 

Dyer will be replaced by Alfonso Martinez, MD of LeasePlan Italy, on 1 January 2019. Martínez (above) has worked for LeasePlan since 2006, with previous roles including chief financial officer of LeasePlan Spain and LeasePlan Italy MD, which he has held since 2012.

Martínez will look to improve the customer experience as well as support LeasePlan’s sustainability ambitions and transformation into a fully digitally enabled business.

Martínez said: “Leading the UK business is an exciting prospect, and I look forward to taking on this role from January.”

Steward goes for gold with new Volvo FH

Steward Transport

Steward Transport has taken delivery of a new Volvo FH to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

The specially liveried gold FH 540 was supplied by MC Truck & Bus in Maidstone and was part of a nine-vehicle order.

As well as the flagship golden FH, five FH 500 6x2 drawbars with brick-carrying bodies and rear-mounted cranes were also purchased. In addition, three 420hp Volvo FM 8-wheelers with I-Shift transmissions, full
air suspension and specified with additional lower door windows for improved visibility were purchased.

Steward Transport director John Steward said: “Volvo manufactures the best trucks in the market in our opinion and they have now become our single source vehicle. The relationship we have built with Volvo dealer MC Truck & Bus is first class. The sales staff are knowledgeable and helpful at all times, while we enjoy an excellent aftersales service that includes a daily parts delivery.”

Steward Transport runs an all-Volvo fleet with 45 units consisting of tractors, drawbars and 8-wheelers.