Enterprise Holdings, the world’s largest vehicle rental and a leading mobility company, has appointed Khaled Shahbo as Senior Vice President for Europe. He takes over from Mike Nigro, who has retired from Enterprise following a distinguished 38-year career.
Khaled has served as Senior Vice President for the UK and Ireland since 2018. Under his stewardship, Enterprise expanded its range of services, technologies and branch network in both countries. This has included the development of the Enterprise Car Club business, along with the integration of SHB Hire into Enterprise’s Flex-E-Rent division to create one of the UK’s largest commercial vehicle rental companies.
He takes responsibility for Enterprise’s European operations at a very important period for the business. Already one of Europe’s largest vehicle rental businesses with the most diverse fleet of vehicles, Enterprise will look to extend its leadership in shared mobility under Khaled’s direction. The business will also continue to expand its extensive network of more than 1,300 branches across EMEA, where it has operations in 48 countries.
"Khaled takes charge of our European operations at a very exciting time for both Enterprise and the entire mobility industry," Enterprise Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Chrissy Taylor said. "The next era of sustainable, shared transportation is around the corner — and we have the expertise, leadership, technologies and scale to help shape that future."
"Rental and shared vehicles can be hugely beneficial for businesses and communities by providing them with affordable, convenient and sustainable transport options," Shahbo said. "I look forward to working with city authorities on projects that comprise our fleet, branch network, bespoke technologies and expertise as part of the next generation of integrated transport networks, which will make our urban areas better places to live and work. Our team is focussed on developing shared mobility models and partnerships that provide customers with the right vehicle, in the right place at the right time."
Like the vast majority of Enterprise’s executives, Khaled joined the business via its renowned Management Training Program – in his case it was in 1991 at a branch in Southern California. He moved to the UK in 1994, which was the year that Enterprise first opened for business in Europe. Khaled ran several UK groups, including Scotland & Northern Ireland, and Southeast England, before becoming Managing Director for the UK & Ireland in 2015. He was promoted to Senior Vice President for the UK & Ireland in 2018.
As a minority leader who has thrived in a business that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, Khaled is passionate about fostering a workplace that allows people to build a successful career regardless of their background, race, religion, sexuality or age. He is a member of Business in the Community’s Race Equality Leadership Team and has actively championed programmes that promote gender and ethnic inclusion. He is also a board member of the Bridge Builders mentoring programme aimed at helping disadvantaged young people at primary and secondary schools.