PATRICK McGillycuddy is to become head of Volkswagen group fleet services at Volkswagen Group UK, taking over from Steve Catlin who moves to another senior role within the group in the UK.
McGillycuddy, who takes up his new position on 15 February, joins the Volkswagen group fleet services function from Skoda UK, where he has been head of fleet for the past two-and-a-half years. Prior to joining the Volkswagen Group he held roles at Vauxhall, GM and Peter Vardy.
McGillycuddy will report to Alistair Shields, group commercial services director for the Volkswagen Group.
Commenting on the appointment, Shields said: “Group fleet services is the engine room of the group’s fleet operations and provides services and information at the right time, so that the five brands can maximise their market opportunity.
“By making the most of group-wide synergies and reducing duplication in administration, data management and systems development, group fleet services frees the brands to concentrate on the ‘front of house’ roles of developing relationships, prospecting and selling vehicles.
“I look forward to Patrick joining the team, and building a strategy to drive the group fleet services function forward in its key task of supporting the individual brands’ ambitious fleet plans.”
In 2015, Volkswagen Group UK sold more than half a million cars for the second consecutive year, above half of which were fleet sales.
This is the latest of several top management moves in Volkswagen Group – just recently Duncan Movassaghi took over as director of Skoda UK, replacing Alasdair Stewart, leavings “to take up a senior assignment within Volkswagen Group UK” as reported here in Business Car Manager.