Mazda’s European fleet organisation announced the appointment of Grégoire Lacombe to the position of Manager Residual Value, TCO & Remarketing. He will replace Nicola Murphy who is returning to Mazda Motor UK.

Mr. Lacombe, 33, is Swiss and French and has a decade of experience in the OEM, supplier and automotive aftermarket industries. His most-recent positions were in Leverkusen as Mazda’s Business Manager for South West Europe, and as a Business Strategy Financial Analyst. Prior to that, he was Financial Controller for a leading automotive supplier’s German and French organisations. Grégoire Lacombe holds two Master’s Degrees – in Mechanical Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), and in “Strategy and International Business Management” from the ESSEC Business School in France.

“Grégoire Lacombe will play an important role in optimising the residual value of our vehicle line-up,” said Christian Blank, Director of European Fleet Operations at Mazda Motor Europe. “A focus on managing residual value will make our current line-up – one of Europe’s best at combining high design appeal, low consumption and emissions with sporty driving fun – very attractive to blue-chip fleet customers. And the future looks even more promising with the world premiere of the Mazda CX-5 at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. This compact crossover SUV promises to be especially attractive to fleet customers, with a full-slate of fuel efficient SKYACTIV Technologies packaged in an all-new design language called KODO – Soul of Motion.”