Justine Hawkins appointed MD of newly branded Ebbon Automotive
We are pleased to announce we have appointed Justine Hawkins to the role of Managing Director of a newly branded business area, Ebbon Automotive.
Ebbon Automotive is one of three recently announced distinct areas in our restructuring designed to provide greater clarity of structure across the Group.
The Ebbon Automotive business area comprises well-known and market leading solutions such as Leaselink, the UK’s leading e-procurement platform, moDel, the leading vehicle delivery solution, and Stockviewer, the campaign management solution.
In her new role, Justine is also responsible for the continued and growing success of the Group’s international operations in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy and she was ‘thrilled to be given this fantastic opportunity’.
“I am very lucky to be heading up such a dedicated and loyal team of talented people, and to have the chance to take the Automotive business to a new and exciting stage of its development. We are growing the business at a time of great change within the industry, not just with our existing, long-established and market-leading core solutions that the fleet and leasing market knows so well, but in new areas, countries and customers, especially the vehicle manufacturers, along with new market channels – both B2B and B2C,” she said.
The other two business areas are Ebbon Compliance and Ebbon Intelligence. Ebbon Compliance comprises Derby-based Licence Check and DriverCheck in Glasgow, two distinct and separate businesses, which under the Ebbon Group umbrella create a business that is the clear UK market leader in fleet compliance.
Combined, the two businesses, along with other compliance services, conduct over 1.6 million licence checks per annum. Both will continue to be operated as stand-alone entities with separate teams and brands, while both will remain beneficiaries of substantial investment in new technology from Group.
Completing the triumvirate, Ebbon Intelligence is the Group’s research and development arm which has been established to develop innovative new products and solutions that tackle current and future issues facing the global automotive community.
Underpinned by Artificial Intelligence technology, the business is currently working on exciting new products which complement existing solutions, as well as exploring new areas of R&D, while also benefitting from strong additional investment.
Supporting the three business areas at a Group level will be newly appointed Group Technical Director, Steve Larkin, who has almost 20 years’ experience of working within the business.
“Firstly, we would like to congratulate Justine and Steve on their new appointments at this very exciting time in the Group’s development,” said joint-CEO Robert Pilkington. “We believe our three newly branded business areas more clearly define our aims and objectives as we continue to develop and expand the business,” he added.
Fellow joint-CEO, Craig Gibbin, said: “While we will continue to focus on organic growth and the development of our international interests, we are also firmly set on a policy of strategic acquisition and fully expect to be able to make another key announcement within the next 12 months which fits seamlessly with the Group’s ambitions.”