- Inchcape said it had appointed Gijsbert de Zoeten as chief financial officer-designate.

Mr de Zoeten would take up the role on 27 August 2019 and assume the full CFO role with effect from 1 September 2019, the company said.

As previously announced, Richard Howes would formally step down on 31 August 2019 to take up the position of CFO at Bunzl.

Mr de Zoeten was, until 2018, CFO at LeasePlan Corporation NV, an international fleet management and mobility services company with a turnover of €9bn and a 1.7m car fleet. Mr de Zoeten joined LeasePlan in 2016 and was integral to the significant transformation of the business, following its sale by VW Group, which included a strong focus on operational excellence. Mr de Zoeten left in late 2018 when plans to IPO the business were cancelled.

Previously, Mr de Zoeten had a successful 27-year career at Unilever plc where he had a range of senior financial and operational roles leading to his six-year position as the CFO of Unilever Europe. During his time at Unilever Mr de Zoeten gained substantial operational experience, inclusive of new business integration, across Europe and the Americas. Story provided by