Thrifty WA has confirmed the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, leading its Executive Management Team.

Richard Simons took the chair on 14 January 2013.  With 25 years multi-national experience in business and financial management, he brings significant experience and leadership to Thrifty WA’s operations.  Richard has a strong background in commercial management and corporate finance and has held senior management positions with Arthur Andersen, GRD Limited, Clough Limited, and most recently, Austal Limited where he was the Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for the financial leadership of the company’s international operations.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University and is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

“I am very excited by the challenge to build on the long standing success of the Thrifty WA brand, and solidifying its position as WA’s best value vehicle rental company,” Mr Simons said.

“The Thrifty WA business has a long established track record of success under the management of the Bedell family and I see tremendous opportunities to leverage that strong record to continue to grow Thrifty in WA, in both the corporate and retail sectors.  Thrifty WA has a reputation for delivering the best value flexible, safe and innovative rental service in Western Australia and I believe that we can build on that base to maintain our market leading position in Western Australia”