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NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Donlen recently entered into a partnership with Lex Autolease, one of the United Kingdom's largest provider of fleet services. The deal is meant to broaden Donlen's presence in more than 17 European countries.

"This is significant news for Donlen," stated Tom Callahan, Donlen's president and chief operating officer.

"Just like Donlen, Lex Autolease's focus on customer service and building long-term customer relationships is a top priority," Callahan continued. "This, along with their award-winning record of service delivery, allows Donlen to provide best-in-class services to our global customers. We are very proud to partner with such a prestigious company."

Lex Autolease is part of Lloyds Banking Group and has more than 300,000 vehicles currently under management. Nigel Stead, managing director of Lex Autolease, also expressed his enthusiasm about the working partnership.

"This is an exciting strategic alliance with a highly respected and complementary overseas leasing provider," Stead noted.

"In forming this partnership we will be able to work with Donlen in expanding our footprint into the United States and help more of our customers find the right global balance of cost, choice and responsibility in their fleet provision," Stead concluded.