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As we all know, General Electric (GE) has exited the fleet management industry after a three-decade presence, which started in 1984 when GE Credit Corp. purchased Kerr Leasing, a small family-owned leasing company in Englewood, Colo. What is not well known is why GE entered the fleet management industry in the first place. Here is the prologue or “back story” that was the catalyst to GE’s entry into the fleet business.

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The Little-Known Origin of Total Fleet Management

“Total fleet management” is a generic, shorthand term used to refer to programs offered by FMCs that administer all aspects of a client company’s fleet operations. Have you ever wondered about the origin of this concept? You might be surprised to learn that IBM was one of the initial catalysts leading to the development of today’s total fleet management programs. This might surprise some in the fleet industry, because for the longest time, IBM has been the poster child of driver reimbursement.

Merger Mania Hits Fleet Market, Again

Merger mania is hitting the fleet market once again. We’re hearing about potential OEM consolidations and we now have Element Financial Corp. expanding its foothold in the U.S., with the acquisition of GE Capital Fleet Services on the heels of its recent purchase of PHH.

History of Fleet Leasing

Open-end (or finance) leasing was developed in 1951. Fleets wanted to lease units with off-balance sheet reporting. In 1981, the landmark Swift Dodge vs. IRS court decision legitimized the use of open-end TRAC leases.

Glen Messina Named President and CEO of PHH Corporation

MT. LAUREL, NJ - PHH Corporation announced that its board of directors has elected Glen A. Messina, President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Messina has also been elected to the board of directors as a Class III director. Messina has been the company’s Chief Operating Officer since joining the company in July 2011.