Laurence Drake has been appointed Managing Director of DAF Trucks Ltd, succeeding Robin Easton who is promoted to the role of Assistant General Manager Operations for PACCAR Financial Corporation. Russell Patmore succeeds Laurence Drake in his current position of Truck Sales Director. All appointments are effective from September 1.
Laurence Drake, 44, has enjoyed a long and successful career-to-date with DAF Trucks and PACCAR Financial, undertaking a wide range of management positions in Sales, Credit, Operations and Business Planning, with his most recent role as UK Sales Director.
Russell Patmore, 51, has been a ‘DAF man’ for 29 years, joining the company as a Graduate Management Trainee. He has progressed through various sales roles with increasing levels of responsibility in both PACCAR Financial and DAF Trucks, culminating in his role as Business Planning Director over the last two years.
Robin Easton’s tenure in the MD role at DAF Trucks in the UK, followed two-and-a-half years as Managing Director of PACCAR India. During his time in the UK Robin – together with his team and the professional UK DAF dealer network – has consolidated DAF Trucks market leading position, now secured for over 20 years. Robin Easton returns to PACCAR from where he previously held a number of senior positions in Treasury & Investor Relations. His new role will see Robin assume responsibility for PACCAR Financial’s Mexican and Australian finance companies, collections and used equipment.