THE new woman at the head of vehicle tracking specialist Quartix has a tough act to follow – the company registered some 60 per cent sales growth in 2013.
However Avril Palmer-Baunack, appointed non-executive chairman of Quartix, has an impressive CV. She is a very well-respected figure in the business car and van industry with a wealth of international experience in the insurance, automotive and logistics sectors.
Currently she is also chairman of both Helphire plc and Molins plc, and a finalist in this year’s Sunday Times Non-Executive Director Awards.
She has previously served as CEO of Autologic Holdings plc and Universal Salvage plc and Managing Director of FMG Support. Before that she held management roles at EuropcarUK, Northgate Motor Holdings plc and the Caudwell Group.
Palmer-Baunack says she is pleased to be joining Quartix; “and excited by the potential that it has for further development in both the fleet and insurance sectors.”
Quartix managing director Andy Walters is equally delighted; “She will play an important role in helping to guide the company’s strategy in its growth and international expansion,” he says.
The appointment comes at the end of a year that saw Quartix performing very strongly in both its fleet and insurance businesses – the sales growth of 60 per cent took turnover to just over £13 million.
The company installed more than 40,000 tracking systems in the UK in 2013, and scored some notable major customer wins, including Shearing Group’s 265-strong fleet of coaches, Sharp Business Systems UK, and traffic management specialist Amberon.
The coming year looks just as exciting, with Quartix having just launched its vehicle tracking system into the USA.