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Rob Whalley joins APD as new CEO

Whalley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to APD with senior executive experience at several major automotive businesses including PHH (now Arval), Fleetlease (now Hitachi Capital) and Experian.

He has also taken a shareholding in the company and joins APD as it embarks on a major expansion programme, extending its reach, not just in the UK and Europe, but also into Asia-Pacific from its offices in Melbourne, Australia.

APD’s executive chairman, Paul Turner said: ‘Rob brings huge experience and expertise which will be instrumental in us growing our interests globally.

‘This includes widening the use of APD’s Contact.360 award-winning research platforms and our associated consultancy services in the automotive and aviation sectors.’

Whalley added: ‘I have known Paul Turner and APD for many years. I’ve always been impressed by their creativity and high quality market-leading research programs that have been delivered to the automotive industry.

‘It is a privilege to be invited to join as both a board member and equity partner, as it moves into a significant expansion programme,’ he added.

This follows the announcement in 2014 that well-known fleet industry figure Nigel Stead was joining the APD board as a non-executive director. 

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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.