Patron Interview: Tímea Pesti, CEO of LeasePlan

  • November 19, 2018
"...the growth potential at many industries is still the main attractiveness of Hungary... [it's] a great market to pilot new, innovative ideas, developments, products & services."

Why is Hungary a good place to do business?

LeasePlan Hungary is one of the successful companies within the Group thanks to the people; the quality of the people we have in our local team. Operational lease is a very complex business from finance and reporting point of view, and we are a service provider on the other hand. Well educated, motivated, smart people are needed in this industry and Hungary provides these experts and talents. Geographical location and taxation environment also makes our market attractive and cannot be missed from the region for global companies. I believe that the growth potential at many industries is still a main attractiveness of Hungary and a great market to pilot new, innovative ideas, developments, products & services.

What would you like to see change to improve the business climate here?

We see more openness, willingness and effort from the government side; from different ministries to understand, cooperate and have dialogue with the business in order to achieve better insight and create a more competitive country together.

The biggest challenge – we see, and feel every day at mainly our supplier side - is to keep and being able to attract different professionals, workers – like locksmith or car polish - to stay in the country. In addition to secure the pipeline, the future supply of skills shortages, which has a lot to do with education system and “marketing” around it. The same worry coming as a parent, if my children will stay and work in the country after finishing the university or not?

Sustainability is another crucial topic, where it would be necessary to see more commitment and action; Hungary could be at the leading edge in the region.

What do you most value about being an AmCham Patron?

AmCham is a very active, living organization with very adequate initiatives and programs. The membership is very colorful; a great community to belong to. There are very diverse topics and working groups, so it is easy to select those ones which are appropriate for our company and we can connect and contribute to it. We are fully endorsig the focus and values of AmCham.

About LeasePlan

LeasePlan is a leader in two large and growing markets: Car-as-a-Service (CaaS) for new cars and the high-quality three-to-four year old used car market, through its business.

LeasePlan’s CaaS business purchases, funds and manages new vehicles for its customers, providing a complete end-to-end service for a typical contract duration of three to four years. is a fast-growing digital pan-European marketplace for high-quality used cars.

LeasePlan has 1.8 million vehicles under management in over 30 countries. With over 50 years’ of international and almost 25 years’ of local experience.

Our mission is to provide what’s next in mobility via an ‘any car, anytime, anywhere’ service – so our customers can focus on what's next for them.

This interview appeared in the November 2018 issue of Journal, AmCham's official magazine. To access all issues of Journal, please click here.