Founder Ashley Sowerby moves to Executive Chairman and new CEO appointed
Chevin Fleet Solutions, creators of the award-winning fleet management software FleetWave, today announced that company founder Ashley Sowerby is moving to a new role of Executive Chairman, passing on the CEO role to Gary Thompson, current Chevin COO.
Reflecting on the change, Mr. Sowerby said: “Following 32 wonderful years as Founder and CEO of Chevin, I am proud to have built a world-class business providing solutions to some of the largest fleets globally, having started from very humble domestic UK operations. Over recent years I have assembled a very capable team and Operational Board, who have laid very strong foundations for further growth, through investment in people, process and product.”
Talking of his new role as Executive Chairman, Mr. Sowerby said: “It is important to further empower the Operational Board as they drive the business forward. This change enables me to step back from day-to-day operations whilst continuing to offer support on strategic decisions and product direction.”
Having joined the business in March 2022 as Chief Operating Officer, Gary Thompson states: “It has been a privilege to work alongside Ashley and I am looking forward to continuing the work with our talented, passionate and innovative team. We are in a strong position to meet the challenges and opportunities in this industry, using technology to drive high value insights and an exceptional customer experience.”
Commenting on Gary Thompson’s appointment, Will Wycks, Chief Marketing and Product Officer said, “Gary has worked closely within the Operational Board to develop and execute strategies which empower our exceptional teams to drive operational excellence and accelerated growth.”
Mr. Wycks goes on to say: “Gary is the perfect fit to lead the Operational Board and wider team as we build on a clear strategy of driving continued sustainable growth with customer experience at its heart.”
Prior to joining Chevin, Mr. Thompson enjoyed a notable career in a variety of leadership and owner managed positions, including COO of a successful global SaaS company.
Gary states: “I am honoured to take on the role of CEO at Chevin, the business that Ashley created and built into the leading fleet software provider globally. Ashley has built a financially strong company with an excellent operational board, and I am confident that the foundations and strategy are in place to drive further innovation, growth and customer value.”
About Chevin Fleet Solutions
Established in 1990 in Belper UK, Chevin Fleet Solutions is the leading global provider of fleet management software, used in over 180-countries to manage more than 1 million vehicles and associated assets. The company pioneered web-based fleet management with its flagship product FleetWave and continues to innovate with the recent release of integrated mobile apps for drivers and technicians. Chevin is recognised around the world for fleet expertise and has won multiple prestigious awards, including Fleet Management Software of The Year in 2022.