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Jo Elms stands down as LeasePlan commercial director

LeasePlan UKs commercial director Jo Elms is to stand down after 10 years of service to the firm.


LeasePlan UK’s commercial director Jo Elms is to stand down after 10 years of service to the firm.

Elms joined in 2006 as brand director for the Fleetline division, now rebranded as LeasePlan Go. She became Network brand director in 2008 and was appointed to the commercial director role in 2014.

She is succeeded by Stuart Houlston who joined the firm at the start of the year as technology & transformation director and now becomes both commercial and IT director.

Houlston has held a number of senior roles in the automotive leasing and asset finance sector over the past 20 years, including Managing Director of Lombard Vehicle Management and Global Chief Operating Officer of White Clarke Group.

Matt Dyer, managing director LeasePlan UK, said: On behalf of everyone at LeasePlan I would like to thank Jo for her massive contribution to the company and congratulate Stuart on his new role we wish them all the very best for the future.

Stuart Houlston added: I am delighted to be taking on the responsibility of commercial and IT director for LeasePlan UK. I look forward to using my experience of delivering complex business change and technology initiatives in order to meet the firms broader business goals, positioning LeasePlan as the UK’s market leader for customer focus and innovation. With exciting times ahead, and the best sales team in the industry, I am very enthusiastic about the opportunities this new role presents.”

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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.