Jens Legenbauer appointed chairman of Volkswagen Leasing

Volkswagen Financial Services has announced that the current regional manager of Europe, Jens Legenbauer, will be the next chairman of the management board of Volkswagen Leasing. Legenbauer (pictured) began his career at Volkswagen and moved to VWFS in 1995, where his roles included head of contract management and a regional head of sales.

Jens Legenbauer appointed chairman of Volkswagen Leasing

Mar 22, 2019

Volkswagen Financial Services has announced that the current regional manager of Europe, Jens Legenbauer, will be the next chairman of the management board of Volkswagen Leasing. Legenbauer (pictured) began his career at Volkswagen and moved to VWFS in 1995, where his roles included head of contract management and a regional head of sales.

Management changes for APD Global Research as it builds on record year

APD Global Research has appointed Kathryn Courtenay-Evans as UK managing director. Courtenay-Evans (pictured left), formerly commercial director, will focus on growing the company’s utility and non-automotive client base and will report to executive chairman Paul Turner. The company has also promoted Karl Fisher (pictured right) to client services director from his previous role as operations director to support existing customers and build its automotive business.

Management changes for APD Global Research as it builds on record year

Mar 21, 2019

APD Global Research has appointed Kathryn Courtenay-Evans as UK managing director. Courtenay-Evans (pictured left), formerly commercial director, will focus on growing the company’s utility and non-automotive client base and will report to executive chairman Paul Turner. The company has also promoted Karl Fisher (pictured right) to client services director from his previous role as operations director to support existing customers and build its automotive business.

Founder of Zopa urges leaders at inaugural Leasing Foundation tech innovation debate to challenge the status quo

Leasing leaders have been urged to challenge the status quo and actively search for new business ideas as they define the future of finance, during a new forum designed to inspire innovation in the industry. James Alexander (pictured), co-founder of disruptive finance company Zopa, the world’s first peer-to-peer lender, said executives needed a single-minded drive to see ideas succeed. Speaking at the inaugural Leasing Foundation Innovation Initiative breakfast debate, he added that perspective is critical. “If you stand in the present and look forward, you can just see barriers and obstacles; if you stand in the future and look back, it becomes apparent what has to change,” he said.

Founder of Zopa urges leaders at inaugural Leasing Foundation tech innovation debate to challenge the status quo

Mar 15, 2019

Leasing leaders have been urged to challenge the status quo and actively search for new business ideas as they define the future of finance, during a new forum designed to inspire innovation in the industry. James Alexander (pictured), co-founder of disruptive finance company Zopa, the world’s first peer-to-peer lender, said executives needed a single-minded drive to see ideas succeed. Speaking at the inaugural Leasing Foundation Innovation Initiative breakfast debate, he added that perspective is critical. “If you stand in the present and look forward, you can just see barriers and obstacles; if you stand in the future and look back, it becomes apparent what has to change,” he said.

Thought Leaders

How an operational evaluation framework helps when expanding captive financing operations into new regions

Mar 21, 2019

Many progressive captive finance organisations have a regional expansion strategy to deliver on their shareholder and customer expectations. Shareholders expect to see an increased ROE from regional expansion through incremental sales and services volumes. Customers, who have a wide regional presence, expect the vendor organisation to provide an extensive range of products and services across multiple countries. An ambitious and well-planned captive expansion strategy can provide the platform to satisfy both the shareholder and customer demands. In supporting the OEM, as well as its partners and customers, a captive organisation’s growth strategy typically includes the expansion of financing capabilities into new countries.

Appointments

Arkle Finance appoints Paul Bartley as non-executive chairman

Feb 25, 2019

Asset finance specialist Arkle Finance has appointed Paul Bartley as its new non-executive chairman. Bartley (pictured) is the co-founder of Close Leasing, which grew from a new start in 2006 to a portfolio exceeding £500 million. During a 30-year career he was also a board member at ING, where he helped grow the Dutch-based lender into one of the UK’s biggest asset finance providers.

Members' Blogs

Are company car drivers ready for autonomous vehicles?

May 18, 2017

The advent of new technology has undoubtedly spurred a new era for driving. But while the concept of the connected car and the adoption of new fuel technologies such as electric and hydrogen fuel cells have been met by open minds, autonomous vehicles have provoked significant debate.