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Darren Payne appointed to combined network and corporate role at Nissan

Payne has been with Groupe Renault UK for over six years, initially as fleet and LCV director. He is currently sales director and will be replaced in this role by Nick Tame.

James Wright, managing director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: “I am delighted to have someone of Darren’s calibre join us in this pivotal role.

“The ideas and experience he brings with him will be instrumental in helping drive sales performance and build on another record breaking year for the brand in the UK.”

Payne added: “I am thrilled to be joining Nissan and taking on this new challenge, particularly at such an exciting time for the brand.

“There’s a great team in place and a fabulous range of market-leading products, with more on the way in the year ahead, so there’s much to look forward to.”

Payne replaces Tony Lewis, sales director, and Barry Beeston, corporate sales director.

Lewis will be appointed as West Way dealer group managing director, when the current Managing Director, Niall Maclaren, retires on 1 July 2016. Beeston will move to Infiniti UK on 1 May as UK country director.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.