APCOA strengthens international management team


Stuttgart/Oslo 12 December 2016 – APCOA PARKING Group continues on its growth trajectory and has strengthened its international senior management team with the appointments of Frank van der Sant as Chief Commercial Officer and Rune Feltman as Managing Director Norway.

  • Frank van der Sant appointed as Chief Commercial Officer of APCOA PARKING Group
  • Rune Feltman assumes responsibility of APCOA’s Norwegian operations as Managing Director

Frank van der Sant (42) was appointed as Chief Commercial Officer for the APCOA PARKING Group on 1 September 2016. Prior to joining APCOA, Frank van der Sant held a number of senior executive sales positions at companies within the IT industry. In his last position, he served as Chief Commercial Officer Global Managed Services at Atos SE. He has extensive sales, legal and commercial knowledge, which he successfully used in his previous jobs to lead large distributed sales forces and commercial transformations. He joins the APCOA board and will drive all retention and growth activities of APCOAs top line.   

Rune Feltman (47) took up his new role as Managing Director Norway on 1 November 2016. Rune Feltman is a seasoned Norwegian Executive with a wealth of experience in the Norwegian and international travel industry – most recently as the CEO Nordic for Egencia AS, a subsidiary of Expedia Group. He has a proven ability to lead and build high performance teams and he will add significant competence in establishing and maintaining corporate relationships. Furthermore, he has relevant experience in e-commerce.

“In Frank van der Sant and Rune Feltman, we have gained two vastly experienced and proven leaders. With their extensive expertise, each is an ideal addition and strengthens APCOA’s international management team,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group. “Both will play central roles as we continue to implement our growth strategy and increase efficiency, and thereby make a significant contribution to the future of our company.”

Sebastian Merkle
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APCOA PARKING Group is the leading full-service parking management company in Europe. The company has over 45 years of experience and expertise in 12 European countries and an extensive portfolio of clients. More than 30 European airports have entrusted APCOA with the management of their parking facilities.

APCOA Parking Group manages more than 1.4 million individual parking spaces. In doing so, APCOA uses its international experience to deliver future-oriented and innovative parking services to customers and property owners at over 8,700 locations. The company's 4,900 employees contribute international know-how and local expertise, and deliver new business and customised technical solutions. The group's headquarters and German office are in Stuttgart, Germany.


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APCOA and The New Motion expand Germany's electric vehicle (EV) charging network


Stuttgart, July 6, 2016 The partnership between APCOA PARKING Group, Europe's leading parking facility manager, and The New Motion, the leading provider of intelligent charging solutions, is expanding the number of EV charge points in Germany.

  • 100 EV charge points already in operation at 35 sites across Germany
  • 200 new EV charge points at 100 sites in 2016

 100 EV charge points will be in operation at 35 APCOA sites across Germany before the end of this month. By the end of the year, this will rise to around 200 EV charge points at 100 sites.

“APCOA has set itself the task of providing innovative solutions for urban mobility. Our partnership with The New Motion enables us to install intelligent EV charge points throughout our network, and to play a strategic role in the expansion of electric mobility in Germany,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of the APCOA PARKING Group. And this is just the start. APCOA's collaboration with The New Motion will soon be extended into APCOA's other European markets.

APCOA and The New Motion have been working together since autumn last year and announced their partnership at the IAA 2015. The roll-out of EV charge points across APCOA's German network of car parks and parking garages started in January 2016. “This partnership means that we have been able to offer our customers a network of user-friendly and innovative charge points for their electric vehicles in our parking facilities since the beginning of this year. Electric car drivers can charge their vehicles at a wide selection of sites across Germany and, if they use The New Motion's app, they also benefit from a range of extra services. Customer satisfaction is an absolute priority at The New Motion, and we know that our customers are happy from our high NPS (Net Promotor Score),” said Sytse Zuidema, CEO of The New Motion.

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Big Data heralds parking convenience at the touch of a button: Experts' dialogue at the Mobility Summit in Berlin


Berlin, June 28, 2016 – A quick glance at your smartphone or in-car navigation system and you know just where to find the nearest on- and off-street parking spaces. A simple tap on the screen and your nearby space is reserved.

Electric car drivers, who now make up a large proportion of traffic, are allocated a space with a charging station. What might sound like a distant, science fiction vision will actually be commonplace in the next couple of years. In contrast, car drivers will be waiting up to ten years for fully-automated parking. These were among the expert predictions made by leading figures from the automotive and parking management industries at the 3rd APCOA PARKING Mobility Summit, in Berlin on 28 June, 2016. Gathering under the banner “Disrupt or be disrupted”, international business representatives joined with eminent scientists and academics to discuss the challenges of mobility in response to the digitalisation of the automotive and parking management sectors.

One thing is certain: Parking facilities will change fundamentally in the very near future. Digitalisation is going to have a significant impact on both the automotive and parking management industries,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of the APCOA PARKING Group, Europe's leading parking manager.

Big Data is set to play an increasingly central role in these developments. Alex Israel, from Inrix Inc., presented a technical system that uses Big Data to generate forecasts of parking facility occupancy patterns. This will dramatically reduce the number of drivers circling the streets looking for parking spaces, traffic that currently makes up around 30% of all cars on the road in urban centres.

Dr. Rolf Nicodemus, Project Vice President, Connected Parking at the Robert Bosch GmbH, explored the concept of automated parking. Driverless parking is already possible in facilities with network connectivity, allowing space in car parks to be used 20% more efficiently.

More power for end-users
More and more cities are imposing limits on the number of cars allowed to enter their central districts as they look to reduce emissions, traffic volumes and noise levels. The proportion of paid parking spaces will increase as free parking facilities are reduced. At the same time, demand for parking assistance systems, automated car parks and intelligent driver assistance systems will grow in response, explained the futurologist Alexander Mankowsky.

”It is already the case that nine out of ten drivers plan extra time into their journeys for finding a parking space at their destination. This costs them between 10 and 30 minutes per car journey, depending on which city or neighbourhood they are in. All in all, this adds up to significant number of wasted days per year, just spent on finding parking spaces,” explained Dr. Dietmar Geppert, Director Marketing & Sales at APCOA PARKING Holdings GmbH.

As a result, Geppert believes that drivers are now prepared to pay more for centrally located parking spaces. “As more and more parking spaces are networked, drivers will be able to use apps to select the parking spaces they want. This will give more power to consumers and allow an increased number of ancillary services to be provided in future,” continued Geppert.

The evolving car park
What this range of ancillary services might look like in future was the subject of Op de Beeck's address: “Just a few years from now, the world will be very different. It will be hybrid and electric cars that fill our streets.” Today, one quarter of the new cars sold in Norway are electric vehicles. And a ban on the registration of new combustion engine cars from the year 2025 is being seriously considered in the Netherlands and Norway. “Car parks will become interesting sites for charging stations,” observed Op de Beeck.

”Urbanisation and digitalisation are the two mega trends of our age. Although they present challenges, they also offer great possibilities for connected mobility. We have an amazing opportunity to elevate customer service and customer relations to an entirely new level,” said Op de Beeck.

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3rd APCOA PARKING Mobility Summit: The digitalisation challenge


Stuttgart, June 1, 2016 – This year's APCOA PARKING Mobility Summit is taking place on June 28 in Berlin's Hotel Adlon. The international event examines parking management trends and has become a firmly established fixture in the industry's calendar, attracting ever larger numbers of participants each year.

Stuttgart, June 1, 2016  This year's APCOA PARKING Mobility Summit is taking place on June 28 in Berlin's Hotel Adlon. The international event examines parking management trends and has become a firmly established fixture in the industry's calendar, attracting ever larger numbers of participants each year. Under the heading “Disrupt or be Disrupted” national and international experts are set to discuss the challenges surrounding the future of mobility. “The summit serves as a platform for a much-needed dialogue among the industry's major participants,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of the APCOA PARKING Group. “This is the only viable approach if we are to agree on common solutions to the broad range of economic and ecological challenges of urban mobility.”

Self-driving cars will appear on our streets sooner or later and parking facility managers are not alone in having to face up to the challenges of digitalisation. At this year's APCOA PARKING Mobility Summit the futurologist Alexander Mankowsky, a member of the development team behind Daimler's self-driving F015 prototype, will be providing insights into the future of mobility. Steve Banfield from Inrix will explain how car park occupancy forecasts can accelerate the search for parking spaces. An additional case study report, delivered by Thorsten Huck, Pricing Manager at Shell, is entitled “Responsive Pricing at Filling Stations”. Dr. Rolf Nicodemus, Head of Connected Parking at Robert Bosch GmbH, will also be speaking on a number of topics, including the state-of-the-art sensor technologies deployed in parking facilities.

Who will be the winners and losers from innovative mobility concepts? This, along with a range of other questions, will be up for discussion as the 3rd APCOA PARKING Mobility Summit provides though-provoking ideas and analysis. “The function of the city as the fulcrum around which our working and home lives revolve is constantly gaining in importance,” said Philippe Op de Beeck. “When it comes to the future of urban mobility, networked parking is going to play a decisive role.”

Registration forms for the 3rd APCOA PARKING Mobility Summit can be found online at www.heuer-dialog.de/veranstaltungen

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