Allied Vehicles has announced the appointment of Peter Facenna as its new managing director.
Peter has worked in a variety of roles across the company over the past 17 years, serving as sales director from 2008. Company turnover has more than doubled since 2008, to £119 million.
In addition to his role with Allied, Peter is a board member of the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Converters Association and an active contributor to the Scottish Leaders initiative, which focuses on business transformation, leadership and empowerment. Married with two children, he balances professional and family life with a keen interest in speedway and is a key force behind title-chasing British Premier League side, Glasgow Tigers.
Peter is ambitious to continue the sustained growth enjoyed by Allied over recent years and aims to see sales top £200 million by 2021.
“Clearly we have a strong foundation on which to build”, notes Peter. “My goal now is to extend our reach in new target markets, while continuing growth across current core business streams.”
“In particular I’m keen to see us bring new and innovative products and services to market, to further increase market share in our existing UK sectors and to fully expand our wheelchair accessible vehicle sales operation into mainland Europe.”
Allied is rapidly gaining traction in the ambulance and healthcare sectors and recently launched a new welfare vehicle, to help companies support field-based workers. Peter also imbues a strong desire to see the company make inroads internationally and believes the Brexit effect on the value of the pound brings opportunities as well as challenges.
“The falling exchange rate has meant increased prices for base vehicles we purchase from Eurozone car manufacturers. However, at the same time it’s also opening doors for us on the export front, as our converted vehicles become more affordable to European customers.”