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Fleet Assist appoints Carl Blott to Finance Director

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 08:45
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Carl Blott, finance director, Fleet Assist

Fleet Assist has appointed Carl Blott as its finance director as the company continues to gear up for further growth.

Carl (50), who has a 25-year motor industry career behind him, has taken on the role full-time having fulfilled the job on a contract basis since November last year.

Leading a four-strong finance department, Carl also joins Fleet Assist’s senior management team already comprising: Vincent St Claire, managing director; Jonathan Smith, chief information officer; Chris Crow, head of network services; and Karen Ewer, head of business development.

Fleet Assist, the leading supply chain management specialist to a significant number of the UK’s major contract hire and leasing companies and rental operators, recently completed a move to new headquarters in Huntingdon. The new offices provide the company, which employs almost 50 people, with both significant additional space to expand and improved access to a wealth of potential staff to ensure it can continue to evolve its customer service focused delivery.

The company provides those leading contract hire and leasing companies and rental organisations collectively supplying more than one million vehicles to customers nationwide with a network of more than 5,000 franchise and independent service outlets which undertake service, maintenance and repair (SMR) work on company cars and vans. The network and its service booking product is supported by a contact centre and technical authorisation services as well as industry-leading data analytics.

Carl, who has worked in both the motor vehicle franchise network and contract hire and leasing sector including spells at Lex and Pendragon, latterly spent eight years at Tusker, which specialises in providing vehicle leasing and salary sacrifice car benefit solutions and is a customer of Fleet Assist. At Tusker he was head of finance before being appointed head of business transformation.

Carl said: “One of my key objectives is to bring Fleet Assist’s award-winning software ‘Atlas’, which has functionality that includes providing a wealth of SMR data analytics and business intelligence in real-time to customers, and finance systems together.

“Further integration will result in even greater levels of reporting that will prepare Fleet Assist for the continued expansion of its services. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead. It promises to be an exciting time for the business.”

Managing director Vincent St Claire said: “We are delighted to appoint someone with Carl’s experience and knowledge of the motor industry as our finance director.

“His appointment and joining the senior management team allied to the move to new offices ensures we future proof the business to enable the continual development of the products and services offered whilst ensuring they are scalable. Both developments reflect Fleet Assist’s ongoing commitment to invest in assisting our customers.

“We continue to see significant interest from more contract hire companies as well as rental companies in helping them to manage vehicle SMR; and, with an ever-increasing focus on cost management, there is growing interest from customers in utilising our vehicle maintenance authorisation service and our service booking facility.”

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