Keith Allen, ARI UK's managing director  -

Keith Allen, ARI UK's managing director

Keith Allen, ARI UK's managing director, will retire from his position at the end of the year, but will continue in an advisory role until the end of 2021.

Allen has been served in this role with ARI UK for the last seven years, and has been in the fleet and financial markets for more than 35 years, according to the fleet management company. As managing director he has focused on both business and product development to meet the specific needs of the U.K. fleet market.

"This has been a fantastic seven years, and I have enjoyed watching our people grow with the business. ARI truly values its employees as is evident from their culture and values and I look forward to seeing and contributing to the continued success of ARI both on a personal and professional level," said Allen.

In 1984, he began his career with Ernst & Young, where he qualified as a chartered accountant. During this time, Allen played an instrumental role in the management buy-out of BCH Vehicle Management and consequently became their finance director in 1995 - moving him into the fleet management and leasing industry.

Following the acquisition of BCH in 1999 by Deutsche Bank, Allen was promoted to managing director of ALD Automotive, a position he held for 13 years where he was responsible for strategy and all operational activities. He later moved to ARI in 2012.

“Keith’s tenure and knowledge have been pivotal in building a strong market presence in the UK while simultaneously driving our continued investment in our people, processes, and technology,” said Bob White, president of ARI. “As we look towards the future we remain 100% fleet-focused, with our customers at the heart of everything we do."