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Avis Budget Group Managing Director to Become First Female Vice-Chair of the BVRLA

PRESS RELEASE

24th May, 2018

Nina Bell, Managing Director of Avis Budget Group for the United Kingdom (UK) and Scandinavia, and Zipcar UK, has today been announced as the first female Vice-Chair of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA). Her post will see her occupying the position for a year, before progressing to Chair in 2019.

The BVRLA, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, represents the vehicle rental and leasing industries throughout the UK, and is made up of over 900 members.

Introducing Nina as the new Vice Chair, BVRLA Chairman Matt Dyer said: “Nina has made a significant contribution to the sector in her role as Managing Director of Avis Budget UK and she has made a valued contribution on the BVRLA board since 2015. We are delighted to announce her as our first ever female Vice-Chair.”

Nina will support Matt Dyer for one year, then take up the role as BVRLA Chair for two years before reverting back to Vice-Chair.

She commented: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to play a more active role within the BVRLA and give back to the industry I have worked in for over 20 years. I am especially proud to be the first female Vice-Chair. We are seeing an increasing number of women across the industry, and I believe that my appointment underlines the Association’s commitment to ensure representation of our very broad and diverse member base.”

Throughout her career at Avis Budget Group, Nina has been focused on developing award-winning customer service as well as launching new mobility services under the Zipcar brand. Within her role, she will support the work that BVRLA does to build consumer’s trust in both the leasing and rental sectors. She added: “More broadly we are experiencing a period of profound change within the industry and I look forward to supporting the ongoing work on issues such as environmental policy and vehicle technology.”

As well as Nina’s appointment to the Management Committee, Louisa Bell, General Manager of Avis Budget UK, was named Vice Chair of the BVRLA’s Rental Committee.

The appointments come on the back of Avis Budget Group UK’s April report which showed a gender pay gap in favour of women.

Speaking on the gender pay gap report, Nina Bell commented: “We are proud to have made significant progress in this space, attested by our strong proportion of female leadership, and culture of internal promotion and opportunity. As a female UK Managing Director, and with around half of the senior leadership team made up of women, our ambition is to drive gender balance and improve underrepresented areas for both men and women.”