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BVRLA appoints legal and membership director

Former BMW Financial Services head of strategy, Shashi Maharaj has joined the BVRLA as legal & membership director, responsible for the association’s governance, compliance and membership functions.

Shashi Maharaj, legal & membership director at the BVRLA

Maharaj has spent over 20 years with BMW in a variety of senior legal, strategy and compliance roles, and was more recently been responsible for governance and compliance in the UK and Ireland.

He indirectly replaces Jay Parmar, who left last year, and will assume some of Parmar’s former responsibilities covering governance, compliance and membership.

Maharaj commented: “The BVRLA is a very well-respected and influential trade body committed to promoting the highest industry standards and I am looking forward to working with members and colleagues across the association to support the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet sectors as we navigate the unchartered waters of a post-Brexit and post-pandemic business environment.”

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “We are delighted to welcome Shashi to the BVRLA family, where I know he will play an important and valuable role as part of the senior management team.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience and his strategic input will undoubtedly help to shape the future of the association as our members’ businesses continue to adapt to meet the ever evolving needs of customers at a time of ongoing regulatory change.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.