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Ruprich becomes managing director at Penske

Penske Logistics has appointed Brian Ruprich managing director of Europe.

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Ruprich has 20 years experience in supply chain management and logistics. Over the past decade he has served Penske in a variety of operational leadership roles in North America and Europe. Prior to joining Penske, Ruprich worked for UPS, Yellow Freight and Ryder System.

Marc Althen, Penske president said: “He and his team will focus on serving our existing customers, growing our business and cultivating the talent within our organisation.”

FB Chain names Church managing director 

FB Chain, a manufacturer and supplier of leaf chain to the materials handling industry, has made Peter Church managing director.

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Church  had previously worked for the business between 1989 and 1999 before taking senior positions within PLCs supplying components to manufacturers. He brings experience of UK manufacturing, sales and marketing experience to his new role.

Church is a former international roller hockey player.

Knapp appoints Priestly business development manager

Knapp UK has appointed Mick Priestley business development manager for its conveyor subsidiary, Knapp-Moving AS.

The subsidiary has operated as a conveyor sales network for over 40 years, with particular strength in Scandinavian markets. Priestly has been appointed to boost the profile of Moving in the UK market, re-introducing its range of robust products via resellers.

Priestly has previously worked as sales manager for WES Conveyors, as conveyor sales manager for FKI Logistex, and also as distributor manager for Dexion.

Kwik-Fit hires 74 “master technicians”

Kwik-Fit has hired 43 vehicle experts to handle electrical and mechanical work on company cars and vans, including vehicle diagnostics, electrical wiring and sensor repair.

During 2011 Kwik-Fit  plans to take on another 31 of the “master technicians” who are trained to the Automotive Technician Accreditation standard.

Fleet sales director Peter Lambert said “They enable Kwik-Fit to broaden the range of work undertaken on behalf of fleet customers and deliver for them huge savings on dealership labour costs.”

Operating on a mobile basis, the master technicians will be called in by individual centres when required.

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