PARIS, FRANCE – ALD Automotive has appointed Mel Dawson as the leasing and fleet management company’s new managing director. The appointment became effective on Jan. 1. Dawson will report to Tim Albertsen, ALD International’s deputy CEO.

Dawson joined ALD in 1997 as commercial director. He was appointed sales director in 2005.

In addition to his UK responsibilities, Dawson will also serve as a member of the international G8 Management team of ALD International, which is made up of the group’s largest operating subsidiaries and is responsible for developing operational and commercial strategies across Europe.