Chep Automotive and Industrial Solutions has appointed David Mayo to the position of vice president, Automotive, Europe. He moves from his role as senior director, Supply Chain, at the container pooling provider and replaces Luca Rossi, who is moving to Chep’s Pallets business to join the European Key Account team.

Mayo has been with the company since 2000 and has held numerous positions within Chep Europe including manager of operations and quality, key accounts, market development and supply chain in both the Automotive and Pallet businesses. According to the company Mayo was instrumental in merging Operations and Logistics into a single and more efficient organisation strategically aligned with the rest of the business across nine countries.

In his new role, he will build on the recent work of the automotive executive team to enhance growth and existing customer collaboration through his leadership and management of the European business, said Chep in a statement. He will also be responsible for actively growing the business and the brand in Europe as a leading packaging partner to the automotive industry.

“David’s blend of leadership experience in the military, key account and supply chain experience as well as his passion for the automotive sector positions him perfectly to rise to such a challenge,” said Laurent Le Mercier, senior vice president, Global Automotive.

Mayo spent 18 years in the British Army gaining both operational and logistics command experience.