Fast-growing Fleet Assist has promoted Vincent St Claire to the post of managing director sharing responsibility for the long-term strategic development of the business with fellow board members and co-founders Mike Smith and Simon English.
Mr St Claire, who joined Fleet Assist as commercial director more than three years ago, assumes responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business, which also sees a further strengthening of its senior management team with the promotion of Jonathan Smith to chief information officer and Brigitte Deacon to head of finance.
Fleet Assist was launched by Mr Smith and Mr English in 2003 and has expanded into the UK’s leading supply chain management specialist, delivering a wide range of services to major contract hire and leasing companies collectively operating more than 790,000 vehicles. At the company’s core is a managed network of more than 5,000 service outlets providing nationwide coverage to vehicle contract hire and leasing companies.
Mr Smith and Mr English said it was the right time to take a step back from their day-to-day roles.
Mr Smith, who will be 60 later this year, said: “We would both like to free up a little time, so we have decided to take a step backwards and relinquish the day-to-day running of the business to younger colleagues, who will lead the business on to the next stage of its development.”
He added: “Simon and I will remain as directors and the principal shareholders in the business and strategically support Vincent and the senior management team to take Fleet Assist on to the next level.”
Mr St Claire brings a wealth of fleet knowledge and experience to the role having worked in the fleet industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Fleet Assist his roles included: director positons with a number of major fleet organisations including the AA, easyCar (International) and (UK) Ltd, and fleet management company Arval.
He said: “The Fleet Assist business is growing rapidly as we aim to help our customers – contract hire and leasing companies – further reduce their maintenance and back office costs by using our nationwide managed network of service outlets, analysing where savings can be made and then implementing a wide variety of projects.
“Additionally, Fleet Assist has a number of exciting new products and services in the pipeline that will benefit customers and the senior management team anticipates bringing them to fruition in the coming months.
“Fleet Assist currently delivers a wide range of services to almost 30 of the UK’s major contract hire and leasing companies and we anticipate that number increasing further in 2017.”
In other senior management changes, IT manager Jonathan Smith, who joined Fleet Assist in 2010, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief information officer with management responsibility for IT, network data and administration and rental administration.
Also, further strengthening the senior management is Brigitte Deacon, who is promoted to the post of head of finance having joined the company in 2014.
Mr English concluded: “These changes create a very strong management team who will take the business forward. It is a very exciting development in the further growth of Fleet Assist.”