Behind the scenes of the renewed Daimler Trucks business


In-line with the global restructuring of parent company Daimler AG,Daimler Truck & Bus Australia/Pacific has changed its organisational and management structure.

According to Daimler, the new structure forms the basis of a “renewed brand dedication focus” for Mercedes-Benz, Fuso and Freightliner, with sales and service now co-ordinated by brand-dedicated General Managers.

According to Daimler, that new structure allows for a greater focus on the specific needs of each Mercedes-Benz, Fuso and Freightliner customer across sales and aftersales.

The team is now led by Daniel Whitehead (pictured), ex-Executive Vice President of Aftersales China. Whitehead succeeds Kolja Rebstock as Managing Director, who will return to the Daimler AG headquarters as Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Mercedes-Benz Vans for Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe.

Daniel Whitehead began his career at Paccar Australia and spent the past 15 years in various roles within the Daimler corporation.

Another change under the restructure is the alignment of Daimler Truck & Bus Australia/Pacific under Daimler Trucks North America.

Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing of the company’s North American division, commented, “We welcome this opportunity to play a bigger role in the region. Australia/Pacific has historically been one of our largest export markets. I am confident that the new Daimler Truck & Bus organisational structure and management team led by Daniel Whitehead will ensure continued success in the future.”

The new General Management team at a glance:

Kristi Walker – General Manager of Freightliner
Kristi has been serving as Manager of Sales Operations for Daimler Trucks North America since December 2011. In a previous role, Kristi was DTNA’s Australia/Pacific market manager for Freightliner and brings with her a wealth of knowledge about the Australian commercial road transport market.

Justin Whitford – General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Truck & Bus
Justin joined Daimler in 2013 as General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Buses and previously held roles in the private equity industry, developing a strong change management methodology that focused on Sales and Operational Excellence.
Justin is now responsible for leading the Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus business

Richard Eyre – General Manager of Fuso
Richard has managed the Fuso Truck and Bus business in Australia since 2001, leading Sales, Service, Parts and Warranty for all Fuso trucks and buses. Richard has been in the retail truck industry since 1976, serving as a Fuso Dealer Principal at one point in his career. Richard will continue to have responsibility for Fuso Trucks and Buses.

Gary Wheatley – General Manager of Dealer Development & Marketing
Gary has been a highly respected member of the MBAuP family for more than 28 years. In Gary’s new role, he will have responsibility for dealer development, marketing, homologation and reporting across all Daimler Truck & Bus brands.


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