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7 Feb 18

Global Fleet holds third LatAm advisory board meeting

During Global Fleet`s third LatAm advisory board meeting on Tuesday (Feb 6), a four pillar expansion and development plan for 2018 was discussed by eight of the 11 current board members, along with pending board members and Nexus Communication executives.

Led by advisory board Chairman Pascal Serres and Nexus Communication CEO Caroline Thonnon, along with Global Fleet LatAm editor Daniel Bland, much of the discussion revolved around preparations for the next Global Fleet conference to take place in Rome from May 28-30.

Expert talks on Latin America as well as Asia-Pacific will take place in Rome, with the former being a follow up of the LatAm expert meeting which occurred in Estoril, Portugal just after the Fleet Europe conference and awards ceremony in early December.

LatAm expert meeting speakers, Estoril December 2017 (SOURCE: Nexus Communication)

While approximately 45 attendees were in Estoril, of which nearly all said they would be interested in attending the next LatAm expert meeting, Nexus Communication (Global Fleet publisher and conference organizer) is expecting approximately 75 in Rome. Among the plans for the event is an advisory board meeting on May 28 and an expert meeting on May 30.

Designed specifically for international fleet managers, approximately 350 participants from all over the world are expected. Besides sharing best practices with peers and benchmarking global fleet strategies, participants will have a chance to listen to in-depth presentations, case studies, and panel discussions, as well as attend workshops.

“I like the idea of having workshops as it will give us a chance to come up with new ideas and develop much needed solutions,” said advisory board member Joao Andrade who is the managing director of Localiza Fleet Solutions in Brazil.

With less than four months to go, those interested in the conference should register soon as discounts for early bird reservations are available until April 9th. See more here

Meanwhile, the three other pillars discussed during the advisory board meeting were: the launch of this year’s first print magazine which will cover vehicle renting and leasing in Latin America; the continuous publication of news and interviews on GlobalFleet.com in addition to monthly newsletters; and plans to broadcast four webinars in 2018.

Besides Andrade who was joined by Localiza marketing and sales manager Gabriel Andrade, other board members at the meeting were Kent Bjertrup (ALD Automotive LatAm regional director), Fabio Costa (LeasePlan CEO, Brazil), David Madrigal (Element Fleet Management President, Mexico), Alberto Velez (Auto Corp CEO, Argentina), and Rodrigo Monroy (Abbie Pharmaceuticals Fleet Manager, LatAm and JAPAC).

Joaquín Lizarralde (RDA Renting Operations Manager, Argentina) also attended on behalf of Arturo Simon (RDA Renting President), in addition to pending board members Kay Saunders (Volvo Global Fleet Development Manager), and Steve Higgs (GM Global Fleet Development Manager) who was joined by Anton Glenn (GM Fleet Global Sales Manager).

Authored by: Daniel Bland