NEW ORLEANSSatish Natarajan, senior director of fleet operations for Aramark, has been elected Fleet Financials 2009 Fleet Executive of the Year. Natarajan was presented the award at the NAFA Institute & Expo in New Orleans April 26. He was one of five fleet executives who vied for this year's award.

Sponsored by The CEI Group, the award recognizes exceptional leadership by senior executives making significant contributions to fleet vehicle management. A panel of industry judges evaluated criteria submissions, including cost-saving initiatives, policy setting, innovative programs and cultivation of fleet manager training and management.

As senior director of fleet operations, Natarajan is responsible for the management of a 6,000-vehicle fleet that supports business operations at nearly 250 locations across North America. Additionally, he supervises a staff of 110 fleet managers, analysts, and technicians that oversees AUCA fleet procurement, maintenance, disposal, project management, and compliance. The fleet provides distribution to more than 200,000 customer uniform rental and leasing service accounts nationwide.

Click here to review the nominees for 2009 Fleet Executive of the Year.