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Fiat’s Francis Bleasdale joins BCA

Former Fiat fleet and remarketing director Francis Bleasdale has joined BCA as business development director, OEM.

BCA has appointed Francis Bleasdale as business development director OEM

Bleasdale previously spent five years in senior roles with Fiat-Chrysler Automobile, including the past year spent in Fiat-Chrysler’s Turin headquarters working in international sales operations and four years with responsibilities as the UK fleet & remarketing director.

He also spent nine years at Nissan in a number of key roles including UK LCV sales & marketing director and head of fleet & used cars (Europe).

His new role will see him assume responsibilities for a number of key manufacturer customers including BMW and Toyota. It follows BMW’s five-year Auto Services Solutions contract with BCA, which was announced in August and will see BCA provide a range of solutions from defleet, refurbishment, inspection and collection, inventory management and remarketing for BMW UK, including for Alphabet.

Matt Bristow, BCA commercial director – OEM, said: “We are delighted to welcome Francis to BCA to support the growth and development of our services provision to the OEM sector.  He brings a wealth of experience to this new role, gained in senior management positions in fleet, used cars and international sales for Fiat-Chrysler and Nissan and he is a valuable addition to the BCA OEM team.”

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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.