The award, organized by MMM Business Media International (publisher of Fleet Europe Magazine and fleeteurope.com), was handed out to Claus-Peter Kruger of Shell on October 16, 2008 during a ceremony in Berlin.
Pratt, Director, Global Fleet, Global Supply Chain, Ecolab, was nominated alongside Ralph Ruckgaber of IBM, Luc Dendievel of Johnson & Johnson, Martin Hahne of ThyssenKrupp, Gael Robert of UTC, and Kruger.
“The entire NAFA family is very proud of Gayle and her accomplishments on the international front,” said Phillip E. Russo, CAE, NAFA's Executive Director. “She has, naturally, brought a global perspective to the NAFA Board, the results of which will be far-reaching for NAFA. I have been privileged to work under her leadership for the past year and a half and hope she will continue to contribute her unique and valued expertise for many more years.”
The International Fleet Manager of the Year Award rewards the person who has most successfully operated or implemented their international fleet management strategy taking into account local differences and best practices. Candidates are elected by a jury composed of experts in the fleet industry, international fleet managers, members of the editorial team of Fleet Europe, and editors of national fleet magazines.
Gayle Pratt is in charge of an Ecolab fleet which has over 13,500 vehicles total including 3,749 vehicles in Europe alone. The company has a presence in 160 countries and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“We drive excellence and deliver results through the expertise of our associates combined with our dedication to social responsibility,” stated Pratt. “For these reasons we make a difference and provide value to our customers and to the global economy.”
This year’s jury included Paul Herremans, Phillips; Raphaelle Jeanneret, Schinder; Paul Darbyshire, Akzo Nobel; Emmanuel Roche, Masterlease; Olivier Fossion, ALD Automotive; Wim Halsberghe, Fleet Synergy; Matt Dyer, LeasePlan International; Christel Reynaerts, Alphabet; Robert Boscari, Renault; Marcel De Rycker, Mercedes Car Group; Stefan Brungs, Volkswagen; Filip Van Mullem, Fleet Logistics; Nico Reeskens, BCA Mainland Europe; Hanno Boblenz, FirmenAuto; John Maslen, Fleet News Europe; and Caroline Thonnon, Steven Schoefs, and Annick Nemetz of MMM Business Media.
About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA Fleet Management Association, Inc. (nafa.org) is a not-for-profit, individual membership professional society serving the needs of Members who manage fleets of automobiles, SUVs, trucks, vans and a wide range of specialized mobile equipment for organizations in the United States and Canada. NAFA’s Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles.