FleetEurope Profile: Andrew Plenderleith
Taking inspiration from his father and with a love for music and travel, our latest FleetEurope profile is with New Business Development Manager, Andrew Plenderleith.
“My dad remains one of the most influential people in my career,” says Andrew. “Before his retirement, he achieved much in the business world and became Managing Director at one of the largest electrical switchgear distributors in Europe.”
As New Business Development Manager, Andrew is one of the first members of the FleetEurope team a prospect will speak to. Primarily focused on vehicle rental, Andrew also works with leasing and fleet maintenance prospects and customers. But it’s not just about sales for Andrew.
“Of course we want FleetEurope to be successful, and our products and services to be popular, but for me, it goes beyond simply selling, developing and retaining. Understanding our customers’ needs and helping them achieve their goals is what really gets me out of bed in the morning.”
“I’ve worked in all the key areas a fleet manager may be exposed to when reviewing fleet. I’m confident of my experience to suggest the best solutions for customers, even if this is something I potentially can’t provide directly. My first role was in Swindon where I managed fleet cars and disposal for five years. I have a lot of familiarity within the industry as a whole as I’ve stayed within it for a good few years now.”
Ambitious and looking ahead, Andrew hopes to expand and lead FleetEurope’s new business team in the future but also have responsibility for supplier relations and marketing. “I’ve led a team of 15 previously to great results. Currently, I’m studying for a Diploma in Marketing to support my long term goals.” added Andrew.
Outside of FleetEurope, Andrew’s passion is music and travel. “If I didn’t work in fleet, I’d like to work in one of these two industries. My childhood dream was to run my own record shop. My wife would argue I’ve achieved it, as I’ve got more than 5,000 records at home and am still adding to it. All that is missing is the customers!”
“Looking back, I’d tell my younger self not to assume what others think of you and not to let it affect your performance. My dad has always given me good advice and supported me with my career decisions. Ultimately, I hope to emulate what he achieved in his career.”