Ben Creswick has taken over as Managing Director for JCT600 Vehicle Leasing Solutions (VLS).
Ben joined VLS in the summer of 2018 and brought with him a wealth of experience and knowledge from the leasing and fleet sector having previously worked at Zenith and FMG.
John Tordoff, Chief Executive of JCT600, said: “I am pleased to confirm that with immediate effect Ben Creswick, current Commercial Director for VLS, will step up to the role of Managing Director. Since joining VLS Ben has re-structured the business to ensure that we are fit for the future and he is already working on several new technological developments whilst remaining focussed on customer service levels and sales performance overall.”
In 2011, Fleet News had already recognised Creswick’s potential, when he was awarded the FN50 rising star award. An explanation of why he had been chosen said: “Our winner has made it to a director’s position at the tender age of 29 and is someone we expect to see continue rising through the leasing ranks in the coming years.” At the time his manager described his ‘self-less commitment, drive and passion for the business’ which had resulted in some of the company’s largest ever contract wins.
Creswick said of his recent appointment, “I am incredibly proud to have been provided with an opportunity to lead this fantastic business. There is an incredible group of people at VLS and within the wider JCT600 Group, who are passionate and committed to delivering the highest quality of service. Having worked within different ownership structures, this is my first time within a family owned business and it is clear that everyone really lives and breathes the values which have made this business what it is today.”
Creswick was also recognised in Leasing Life’s ‘30 under 40’ which profiled 30 of the brightest stars among the European leasing industries future leaders. He was described as, “One of the youngest entrants in this list, Creswick has been with Zenith since November 2002, and has worked his way up the ranks to his current role on the board of directors. He has helped lead the development of a salary sacrifice product and strategy, which has proved hugely successful and was part of the team to secure a joint venture with Santander. Creswick has also helped bring in more than 25 large corporate customers in the past three years.”
JCT600 VLS are also celebrating their 30th year of business and marked the occasion with an employee black tie dinner at The Grand hotel in York to say a big thank you to their colleagues. Customers of VLS are also due to receive a handwritten and personalised letter from their Account Management team, which thanks them for partnering with VLS; a clear example of the ‘extra mile’ which Creswick says makes ‘all the difference’. This will accompany a very special 30th Anniversary magazine, which covers many of the leasing market’s major talking points.
Creswick added: “This is an exciting time for VLS and I am lucky to have the people, technology and service portfolio to ensure we will continue to operate as one of the leaders in the UK leasing industry. One of my first priorities is to get around the country and engage with all our customers, which I hope to complete over the coming months.”