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EXCLUSIVE: Autolease plans for the future

Date: 18 April 2007   |   Author: Tristan Young

National Forest's Sophie Chruchill & Autolease's Mark Chessman

Company car giant Lloyds TSB Autolease is planning a host of changes to keep its business fresh and up-to-date, including gaining a deputy managing director and starting a range of green strategies.

Lloyds TSB Autolease has appointed Mark Chessman to the new role of deputy managing director. Chessman is promoted from his role as finance director for Autolease and will continue to be responsible for this area of the business until a replacement is found. Chessman, who will report to Nigel Stead, joined Autolease in January 2002 as head of finance and risk was promoted to finance director in June 2004.

Nigel Stead said: "His appointment will enable me to focus more on our strategic development and give some of my time to my new role as chairman of the BVRLA, which I take up in May."

Chessman added: "I am looking forward to helping take this business into a new era of growth and development within the fleet industry."

The new deputy MD is leading a green push for the fleet firm by launching a long-term partnership with the National Forest Company. From today, it will support the planting of a tree for every new vehicle it delivers to its customers, which is expected to be in excess of 30,000 trees per year.

"We're about to start planting a tree for every car delivered (at no cost to the customer - it's just something we're doing)," said Autolease marketing boss Lawrence Hamilton.

Hamilton said Autolease was also running a host of other green initiatives.

"We've been doing analysis of carbon footprints, we've got a fleet management team for environmental audits and we'll act as consultants on this for larger fleets."