Steve Beattie to lead Volvo's fleet team
13 September 2017
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Volvo has appointed Steve Beattie as its new head of business sales with immediate effect.
Beattie joins the brand from Vauxhall, where he held a number of roles during his 12 years with the brand, most recently as its national contract hire and leasing manager.
He takes over from Selwyn Cooper, who in June was promoted to the role of head of financial services with responsibility for managing and delivering the firm's range of finance and insurance services.
Beattie joins the brand on the back of its best UK full-year sales results in 25 years. Volvo shifted 47,000 vehicles, with the company claiming it is "well on track" to hit its annual UK sales target of 60,000 units by 2020, helped by the recent introduction of the all-new XC60 and the forthcoming launch of the XC60 small SUV.
According to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Volvo registered 28,709 units in the first eight months of 2017, up 6.2% on the same period last year.
Of those units, 15,447 vehicles have gone to fleet customers, making the Swedish firm the 20th largest manufacturer in fleet in terms of volume, SMMT data suggests.
"I'm delighted to be joining Volvo and heading up the business sales division, especially at such an exciting time for the company," Beattie said. "With a fantastic range of desirable, technologically advanced and stunning new cars, and more exciting models on the horizon, Volvo is a brand that is genuinely transforming itself."
Jon Wakefield, managing director of Volvo UK, added: "Volvo has ambitious growth targets in the UK, and Steve's energy, enthusiasm and experience will be invaluable in helping us succeed. The business sales sector continues to be critically important for Volvo, and I am delighted to have Steve on board to help us realise our potential."