New head at Fleet Logistics Switzerland
Mr Kaeser brings a wealth of fleet industry experience to the new role, having worked previously for more than 15 years in the full service contract hire and leasing industry. His most recent role was as general manager at Sixt Leasing in Switzerland and he was with the company for around seven years, having initially helped set up the business.
Prior to that, he had six years' experience with LeasePlan, also in Switzerland, in a number of different roles including sales manager, marketing manager and, ultimately, marketing and client services manager.
As operations director at Fleet Logistics Switzerland, which is based in Baden, some 15 minutes from Zurich, Mr Kaeser will effectively run the fledgling Swiss business, which manages around 1,200 vehicles on behalf of corporate clients and is part of Fleet Logistics' European managed fleet of some 75,000 vehicles.
He reports to Fleet Logistics CEO, Peter Soliman, and will be responsible for all aspects of the business, including operations, account management and client services.
'I'm delighted to be joining Fleet Logistics Switzerland at this early stage in its development. Our primary objective is to establish the products and services that are taken for granted elsewhere within the Fleet Logistics client base, such as multi-bidding, our Fleet.Wizard car configurator and the remainder of our extensive range of IT tools and solutions,' said Mr Kaeser.
'In Switzerland, we are the first real fleet management specialist company at the moment, but the development here is very fast and we believe it is quite likely that other fleet management companies will have their eyes on the Swiss market.
'The average Swiss fleet usually contains from 10 to 50 cars, while a fleet with more than 100 cars is considered a large one. At Fleet Logistics, the average fleet size is already 150 cars which is well above the Swiss average,' he added.
Mr Kaeser added that he thought there was considerable change happening in the European fleet market now and to come over the next few years.
'I believe the European fleet market will flourish and develop in a way which is extremely interesting. Working for Fleet Logistics, gives me the opportunity to ensure we are part of these great structural changes in the market, as well as leading the development of our team at FL.'