Avis UK has promoted Chris Longmuir to the role of business development director.

He replaces Roger Evans who is leaving after five years to “pursue his next challenge,” the car rental company said. Longmuir steps up from heading the Avis UK national sales team and will manage 20 staff.

He will be responsible for overall business development activity in the UK, including corporate, leasing and specialist businesses. Longmuir previously worked at Europcar and has more than 14 years experience in the rental industry.

UK sales director Anthony Ainsworth said: “Our appetite for growth and our strong service-led proposition in 2009/10 has helped our corporate business grow.

“This continued investment in people will deepen our customer relationships and deliver further growth in 2010.”