Germany-based car rental company StarCar Europa Service Group had made a number of management appointments as it seeks to make the transition from a car rental company to a mobility brand, automotive magazine Kfz-Betrieb reports.

In December 2022, when Markus Hoff moved from the executive board of the company to the supervisory board, handing over his responsibilities as COO to Marcus Hungerkamp and Nima Kalantari, who were appointed to the StarCar Europa’s executive board. Alongside CEO Jens Hilgerloh and CFO Detlef Kehler, they now constitute the new leadership of the business.

Since 2020, Nima Kalantari has been managing director of the company’s subsidiary, StarCar Autovermietung (“StarCar Car Rental”). He is now co-COO, with responsibility for StarCar Europa’s corporate and retail business units. Marcus Hungerkamp, CEO of Europa Service Mobility Partners AG, also named as co-COO, will lead its b-to-b division.

Furthermore, Frank Langbein has been appointed sales director for Germany. Langbein has worked in various b-to-b and b-to-c industries for two decades, including stints at car rental competitors EuropCar and Hertz.

“Within the group, we cover the entire mobile value chain, from purchasing to rental systems and our own mobility brand to used car sales and international activities … as part of the merger of StarCar and Europa Service, it was the next step to appoint Nima Kalantari and Marcus Hungerkamp to the board,” said CEO Hilgerloh.

Founded in 1955 and headquartered in Solingen, StarCar Europa Service Group’s subsidiaries include rental businesses StarCar, StarCar Mobility, AutoHopper Germany and Drive-CarSharing, while ARS Auto Rent Systems and Maxi IT-Systems are technology service providers for car renting.

According to the company’s website, StarCar Europa Service Group rented out more than 23,000 cars and had revenue of €192 million ($206 million US) in 2021.

The group’s network, including partners, now encompasses more than 1,500 rental stations in Europe, with around a third of these in Germany. It operates the Europa Service and Let’s Rent a Car brands in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Hungary, Spain (the Balearic Islands) and Turkey, as well as in Sweden and Poland through partnerships.

 

 

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