Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has appointed a head of fleet, Chris Black, who joins the company in a freshly created role next month.

With more than 20 years experience of the automotive and finance sectors, he takes up his position from Lombard Corporate Asset Finance, where he held the post of UK head of corporate coverage.

He will be responsible for leading the brand’s fleet sales operation and will report to Andrew Waite, head of sales operations for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The manufacturer has celebrated a record start to 2014, with best-ever first quarter LCV registrations of 10,757 – up 19 per cent on 2013.

Welcoming the new head of fleet, Andrew Waite, said: ‘We are really excited that Chris is joining the team.

“His appointment comes as we look to strengthen our fleet team. His automotive and financial sector customer relationship management experience is an ideal fit for the brand and we are confident he will contribute significantly to the success of our fleet business.”