Lee Giddings has been named as Suzuki’s new national fleet sales manager as part of a restructure of the manufacturer's fleet department.
He steps up to the newly created role, having been joined the brand as contract hire, leasing and motability manager four years ago.
The announcement comes after Suzuki’s head of fleet and remarketing, Graeme Jenkins, was made redundant at the end of last year.
At the time, Suzuki said that the reason for his departure was its desire to centralise operations, with the objective of providing a consistent approach to all of its customers.
The carmaker says that Giddings has developed “excellent” relationships with the leasing industry and end-user customers, delivering “incremental and profitable volume” and was instrumental in Suzuki winning the ‘Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer’ award at last year’s Fleet News Awards.
Prior to joining Suzuki, Giddings spent 13 years at Toyota and Lexus GB, working in various roles within its fleet structure and most recently as area fleet sales manager.
Giddings will be supported by Tony Miller, contract hire, leasing and cost of ownership manager and Suzy Swift, who has recently been promoted to contract hire, leasing and public sector manager.
Miller is responsible for the leasing industry in the north of England and will continue his working relationship with Suzuki Contract Hire, with the aim of ensuring Suzuki has a competitive proposition across all models.
Furthermore, Suzuki says that he will be working closely with the industry guides to help improve residual value and cost of ownership position.
Swift brings to her new role a wealth of experience, particularly with her knowledge of the public sector and will be key to driving forward volume with leasing partners in the south, says the carmaker.