ON THIS day which celebrates female diversity, leasing company Arval can talk about the many firsts created by its first female Managing Director.
Lakshmi Moorthy joined Arval UK in March last year and since then has created a number of firsts in her first year.
- Increasing customer numbers by 11% and growing Arval’s leased fleet by 4% in a market beset by the pandemic and vehicle shortages.
- Growing Arval’s electric vehicle fleet to 29% and electrified cars to almost two thirds (62%) of those delivered year to date.
- Delivering Arval’s first biodiversity scheme, 1 electrified vehicle = 1 tree, committing to plant more than 21,000 trees in the UK since its launch in 2021.
- Commissioning the company’s first real-world eLCV driving performance study to increase awareness and adoption of zero-emission vehicles among van fleets
- Championing customers’ use of zero-emission technology
- Winning the fleet industry’s first Wellbeing Award, focusing on employee welfare and well-being
- Launching the UK’s first e-Bike to employee leasing scheme
Commenting on International Women’s Day, Lakshmi said:
Our customers are at the heart of everything we do at Arval and our people have had the passion to always focus on how we can support customers in these past tough few months, as well as the innovative thinking to find new solutions as needed to weather the challenges that the pandemic has forced our industry to face.
During the last year, together we have innovated to overcome supply chain difficulties and keep our customers’ needs fulfilled. We also ensured that electrified and zero-emission travel becomes easier for our customers, with hands-on consultancy support to enable customers to switch to EVs and research to enable van fleets to make the switch to electrified LCVs.
One of the highlights of the year has been to champion wellbeing in our industry, working collaboratively with our HR team and mental health first aiders to ensure that our employees remain resilient and feel supported, despite some of the challenges that our industry is facing right now.
She added that Diversity and Inclusion (including gender, age, and sexual orientation) was also a key goal of Arval UK, where women now represent 50% of its senior management team.
I am proud to champion diversity in all its forms, including enabling all women to succeed and progress in our industry.