The Europcar Board of Directors met today and announced the appointment of Roland Keppler as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 14, 2012. He succeeds Philippe Guillemot in the post.
Since 2009, Roland Keppler, 47, and the former Chief Executive Officer of TUIfly, has directed Europcar’s German subsidiary, which represents approximately 30% of Europcar’s revenues. Over the past three years, he has contributed to the success of the subsidiary, which is today the company’s most profitable. Roland Keppler played a major role in the launch of several projects including car2go urban mobility, which represents one of the sources of future growth for Europcar.
New governance is being put in place with the appointment of Jean-Charles Pauze as Chairman of the Board. Jean-Charles Pauze will bring Europcar his knowledge of international markets and management experience. As CEO of Rexel, in which Eurazeo is also a shareholder, he led the company to double its size, consolidate its global leadership and significantly develop its business model to become an active provider of energy solutions.
Eurazeo CEO Patrick Sayer said, “We welcome the appointment of Roland Keppler, who has proven his leadership qualities as the head of Europcar in Germany, and the arrival as Chairman of the Board of Jean-Charles Pauze, with whom Eurazeo has worked closely for more than seven years. Roland and Jean-Charles will accelerate Europcar’s development and transformation with the full support of Eurazeo in this mission.
I thank Philippe Guillemot for the work he has accomplished during his tenure.”
Jean-Charles Pauze said: “I am pleased to join Europcar, Europe’s leader in car rental services, and to continue my working relationship with its shareholder, Eurazeo, whose support I have appreciated during the different phases of Rexel’s existence.”
Roland Keppler said: “I am proud to take over the management of Europcar and am determined to accelerate its transformation. Our clients’ expectations regarding mobility are changing and we will work actively to offer them new global mobility solutions that respond to economic and environmental imperatives. “