VW Financial Services UK appoints Jean Smith as chief financial officer

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VW Financial Services UK has appointed Jean Smith as chief financial officer for the UK.

She takes the role after four years in a number of international roles, including joint managing director of VW Pon Financial Services in the Netherlands.

She was previously the head of international controlling Europe for VWFS in Germany and has worked in both the captive and non-captive financial services for more than 30 years.

Smith first joining VWFS in 2001 and has been instrumental in transitioning the business during the change of regulators from the Financial Services Authority to the Financial Conduct Authority.

She succeeds Albert van den Bergh, who has recently moved to VWFS in Germany following a successful five years as chief financial officer in the UK.

Smith said: “I have been fortunate to have a number of global assignments throughout my career, including setting up operations for VWFS China in Beijing in 2004. I am excited to take on the challenge of leading the next chapter of VWFS UK within an industry that’s constantly changing with new regulations, advances in technology and shifts in consumer behaviour.”