Logistics company Howard Tenens, which has major interests in Swindon, has appointed Ian Jones, recently retired managing director of Mercedes Benz Commercial Vehicles, to its main board as a non-executive director.
Ian, pictured, has successfully held many high-profile positions across the industry working for Volvo, Scania and DAF Trucks before joining Mercedes-Benz in 2002.
Under Ian’s leadership, Mercedes Benz Commercial Vehicles had a number of notable successes, gaining significant market share growth and reputation. His focus on product enhancement, expansion of customer support and building a motivated dealer/manufacturer team were all key features that led to the Sprinter winning the Motor Transport Award for fleet van of the year on four consecutive years and Mercedes Benz attaining the premier position in the UK truck premium tractor market.
Mr Jones said: “Howard Tenens have demonstrated that they are at the leading edge of many aspects of the changing world of transport – from early adoption of new technologies driving both cost and environmental benefits, as well as proving to be extremely innovative in creating and tailoring transport solutions for a variety of customers with varying individual needs.
"I value the fact that Howard Tenens is a family business with a strong financial accreditation; both aspects facilitate quick decisions and fast implementation. Howard Tenens has earned its reputation for service, flexibility, customer care, value for money and environmental credibility and I am delighted to be able contribute to its future development.”
Peter Morris, chariman and CEO, said: “Ian’s breadth of experience in the global commercial vehicle industry will add significant value to Howard Tenens. He joins us at an exciting time when we have just led a successful bid for the Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Trial funded by the DfT and Technology Strategy Board, which will expedite our low carbon transport strategy.”