Another win for Barcelona14/10/2014
The Grand Marina Hotel in Barcelona provided a warm and balmy waterfront setting for this year’s Leaseurope Annual Convention, and was an inspired choice of location at a time when it seemed the rest of Europe was suffering torrential rain. The annual gathering attracted some 450 asset and consumer finance executives from across Europe, and a number of visitors from the US. Important announcements included the appointment of new Chairman Enrico Duranti, CEO, Iccrea Banca Impresa (left in photo) who took over from the long-serving Jukka Salonen. Jukka will be moving to a new position as COO in Nordea Bank, where his well-known championing skills for innovation and strategy development will be put to a new challenge.
The successful programme of panel sessions covering Basle III and beyond, IASB, Services innovations, and cloud financing, culminated in the now “must-see” Futures Group presentations. This year, the three finalists (these are groups, and not just the presenting individuals) presented a “Gamification” idea for users of car leasing, a vehicle-sharing platform, and Lease Manager, a new concept presented by Jon Hanson of Lombard (see photo below). Whilst Gamification was voted by the audience to be the most innovative, Lease Manager - a screen-based tool for lessees to re-profile their lease commitments, won the vote for “most likely to be implemented” and will be featured in detail in October’s edition of Leasing World.
The event now attracts an impressive array of sponsors and exhibitors, which this year included Great American Lease & Loan Insurance Services, CHP Consulting, International Decision Systems Group, White Clarke Group, Cassiopae, Linedata, Acquis, Liscor, ACA, Codix, Fico, Genpact, Excon, Ritchie Brothers, Genworth, and Fitch Ratings (apologies if we’ve left someone out). It was good also to see a strong British contingent of funders, including Nigel Clibbens of Lombard and chair of asset finance at the FLA, George Ashworth head of ABN-Amro Lease UK, Adam Daniels of Lloyds TSB, Bill Dost of D&D Leasing, as well as the Invigors team of consultants who are much involved in Leaseurope initiatives.