Keith Allen to Lead ARI Fleet UK

Keith Allen

Fleet indus­try vet­eran Keith Allen has joined ARI Fleet UK, Britain’s largest inde­pen­dent fleet man­age­ment com­pany, as Man­ag­ing Direc­tor. Allen will ini­tially work closely with Act­ing Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Mark Bryan, who is tran­si­tion­ing back into his role as Vice Pres­i­dent of Euro­pean Integration.

ARI Fleet UK, for­merly Fleet Sup­port Group (FSG), man­ages approx­i­mately 55,000 vehi­cles and dri­vers and offers a com­pre­hen­sive menu of fleet prod­ucts and ser­vices. Chippenham-based FSG was founded in 1987 and became a well-established multi-award win­ning orga­ni­za­tion. The com­pany was acquired by ARI in Decem­ber 2011.

Chris Con­roy, ARI’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Global Oper­a­tions stated, “We are delighted to have some­one of Keith’s cal­iber join our orga­ni­za­tion. His exten­sive expe­ri­ence in vehi­cle leas­ing and fleet man­age­ment will cer­tainly play a major role in ARI’s con­tin­ued growth and suc­cess glob­ally.” Con­roy con­tin­ued, “With Keith, Mark, and FSG founder and Chair­man Geof­frey Bray lead­ing the orga­ni­za­tion, the future for ARI in the UK is very exciting.”

Allen was pre­vi­ously Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of ALD UK, a posi­tion he held for 13 years. He played an instru­men­tal role in the buy-out of BCH Vehi­cle Man­age­ment (now ALD UK) and sub­se­quently joined the team as Finance Direc­tor in early 1996, mark­ing his entry into the fleet man­age­ment and leas­ing indus­try. As Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of ALD UK, he was respon­si­ble for all phases of that organization’s activ­i­ties. Prior to his time with ALD UK, he held sev­eral man­age­r­ial posi­tions with Ernst & Young.

“I have thor­oughly enjoyed my career in the fleet indus­try to date,” Allen said. “My time at ALD was reward­ing both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. The oppor­tu­nity to join ARI, how­ever, was one that I could not pass-up. ARI’s focus on the client, indus­try lead­ing tech­nol­ogy, and approach to trans­par­ent cost man­age­ment is some­thing I believe will be read­ily embraced by com­pa­nies oper­at­ing vehi­cles in the UK. I am excited to join the ARI team and to help the con­tin­u­ing devel­op­ment of this global organization.”