Fleet LatAm Manager of the Year Award: Meet the Jury
Wednesday night (11 August), Fleet LatAm will close the registration process for those interested in competing in its Fleet LatAm Manager of the Year award, and candidate screening by an eight-member Jury of experts in the region will commence on Friday.
Following a shortlist of the candidates and a final round of presentations, a winner will be announced at the end of the Fleet LatAm Conference, the second such event of 2021 which is being held virtually on 21 September.
This year's jury includes four executives from word class global suppliers, three being from international vehicle leasing and fleet management companies, and another from a leading telematics firm.
Also on board is a well-established vehicle sourcing manager and three key experts from Fleet LatAm. Learn more about them below.
The Jury Members
Regional Director, Latin America
With more than 20 years of mobility industry experience worldwide, Kent Bjertrup first joined ALD Automotive in Denmark as Head of Customer Service in 1998 and went on to become Head of Sales in 2001. In 2005, he opened operations in Lithuania as General Manager and was appointed Managing Director in 2009 for three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania). A year later, he moved to Russia as Managing Director before being appointed Regional Director in 2012 in North East Europe. In 2016, he transferred to Paris to become Group Chief Commercial Officer and most recently (2017) was appointed Regional Director for Latin America based out of Mexico.
Ricardo de Bolle
Global Business Development Director, Latin America
As Global Business Development Director of LATAM for Arval, Ricardo de Bolle has over 20 years of experience in the Full-Service Lease and Logistic Services domain. By maximizing customer relationships, business consulting, strategic planning, and cross-selling, he has exercised a key role in the implementation and development of Arval in Brazil, allowing for solid and constant growth. He is an experienced Commercial Director and has been responsible for the development of the Element-Arval Global Alliance cross-selling business between the Alliance and BNP Paribas in Latin America since 2016.
A leasing expert with more than 18 years of experience in human resources and leading large commercial teams, Regina Granados is the Head of Lease Plan Mexico, one of the leading leasing and fleet management companies in the world. Besides being a top student for a high impact leadership program at Harvard Business School, she has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology from ITESM and a master’s degree from UVM and the European University of Madrid. Her goal is to promote a more inclusive and equitable workplace environment and to evolve the leasing industry.
Global Vice President, Marketplace
Driving international growth as Global Vice President Marketplace at Geotab, Carlos Castillo is focused on building long term partnerships with international technology groups revolved around the Connected Vehicles, IoT, Telematics, and Fleet Management industries. Besides maintaining growth in the technical, operational, product development and marketing / sales channels and go to market strategies in the Americas, he is set on expanding Geotab's current footprint with more partnerships in Europe, Latam and APAC with the help of his 30+ team worldwide.
Sourcing Manager, US Corporate Services
Currently working as a Sourcing Manager for the US fleet of pharmaceutical company Novartis under his watch, Rodrigo Monroy has a total of 15 years of experience in the automotive, fleet and pharmaceutical industries. He has expertise in fleet related work at other pharma compenies such as MSD and AbbVie, holding Latin America and Asia Fleet Manager positions and contributing to the success of their global fleet programs. His Procurement experience also includes working with the External Workforce Category of food and beverage compay Nestle.
Chairman Fleet LatAm Business Networking Group
Pascal Serres is a recognized expert in mobility who was deputy CEO of ALD Automotive from 2002-2017 and elected into Fleet Europe's “Hall of Fame” in 2013 for his contributions in the fleet management and vehicle leasing industries. Besides creating mobility consultancy firm Moby-D in mid-2017, he now holds non-executive board positions for Nexus Communications, Experteye, EPtender, and Optimum Automotive. Graduating from HEC Paris and holding a PhD in Economics from Paris VIII University, Mr. Serres speaks English, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Fleet LatAm, Global Fleet
An American expat currently based out of São Paulo Brazil, Daniel Bland is Editor of Fleet Latam and advisory board member of the Fleet LatAm Business Network Group. He is also Editor for the Americas region of Global Fleet media, in charge of developing Fleet & Mobility content and expertise in the region, as well as founder of "VIP" Business English Courses. He was previously a foreign correspondent and transportation infrastructure analyst in Latin America and prior to this, he owned and operated various California-based small businesses. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Global Fleet, Fleet Europe, Fleet LatAm
Steven Schoefs, Belgian, has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He started as a journalist for Fleet & Business magazine in Belgium in 2000 and gradually extended his knowledge and scope to European and international vehicle fleet management journalism. For the last 10 years, He has been supervising the editorial strategy for leading platforms in international vehicle fleet and mobility management, Fleet Europe and Global Fleet. At the centre of his editorial philosophy lies added-value information for the international fleet and mobility community and the search for emerging trends and important business developments. He is also the moderator of fleet and mobility events and conferences Fleet Europe Summit , Global Fleet Conference, and others.