NEWS22 April 2022

Escalent hires three for automotive team

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US – Advisory firm Escalent has appointed three new vice-presidents to support its automotive insights and advisory practice.

From left to right: Hall, Clarke and Banks

Daniel Hall, John Bankes and Richard Clarke (pictured above, left to right) have joined Escalent to meet the growing demand for strategic counsel in an industry undergoing rapid evolution.

Hall joins the firm as vice-president of commercial vehicle and fleet research solutions. He leads the fleet research team, pairing robust, award-winning market research techniques with industry expertise. Prior to joining Escalent, Hall was a vice-president at AutoPacific.

Bankes joins Escalent as vice-president of its commercial vehicle and fleet advisory solutions. As part of the newly formed fleet advisory practice, Bankes will leverage his background with heavy commercial vehicles, aftermarket, OE suppliers and OEMs to guide clients on critical topics impacting the commercial vehicle and fleet sector, including electrification, the competitive landscape and market share.

He brings substantial industry experience to the role, with extensive time spent at Michelin Tire Companies, AT&T and IHS.

Clarke rejoins Escalent as vice-president of the automotive and mobility practice. Focused on the connected vehicle and emerging technologies landscape, he will be working with clients to help them understand product and commercialisation opportunities, as well as crafting solutions.

In his new role, he will leverage global automotive experience across 60 countries. Recently, Clarke held a leadership position at Alida in North America, where he also oversaw the company’s Asian and Greater China business.

“The automotive and mobility industry continues changing at a pace we’ve rarely seen and we are committed to staying ahead of the needs of our expanding client base by providing innovative advisory solutions,” said Escalent chief executive Melissa Sauter.

“We are thrilled to welcome these leaders. They bring deep subject matter expertise and perspective to our clients who are heavily invested in transforming their offerings to remain competitive.”