Leaseurope appoints Leon Dhaene01/12/2015
Leaseurope, the trade association representing the European leasing and automotive rental industries in Europe, has announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Leon Dhaene as Director General effective 1 December 2015. Leon Dhaene succeeds Tanguy van de Werve who left Leaseurope to join AFME, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, to head their Brussels Advocacy Office.
“I take great satisfaction in knowing that Leaseurope is in the hands of such a talented executive. Leon’s expertise and vision will contribute significantly to Leaseurope continuing to provide leading edge, quality services to our memberships and to represent our industry at European and international level,” said Enrico Duranti, Leaseurope’s Chair. “Leon is a vital addition to the team as we navigate through an evolving and expanding regulatory and supervisory environment.”
Leon Dhaene said, upon his appointment, “I am very excited to join Leaseurope. The Federation has served this industry for a long time and I see a lot of potential going forward. We have a great team supported by an impressive number of Member Associations across Europe and a strong Board of Directors and I look forward to being part of that success in the years to come.”
Leon, of Belgian nationality, has over 25 years of financial services experience, including leadership roles in large companies, such as IBM and Mastercard International. Subsequently, Leon founded several new companies, delivering strategic consulting (Network of Alliances, Outsourcing and Mergers Experts – NAOME), consulting services (Chairman of N2FINANCE), legal services and innovation solutions (like new fraud detection and management systems) to the payments industry. Leon has been appointed Board Member of or Advisory to several Board of Directors since 1985. Leon has been advising regulators and multiple Associations at European level in the past and is currently sitting as independent expert on the Payment Systems Market Expert Group of the European Commission Directorate General Internal Market and Services.
Leon will also be the Director General of sister Federation Eurofinas representing specialised consumer credit providers at European level with whom Leaseurope has a special partnership relationship.