Hino announces restructure and honours dealers

Hino has reorganized its management structure with automotive management professional Bill Gillespie joining the company as Divisional Manager – Brand and Franchise Development, while Hino’s own Daniel Petrovski (pictured) has been promoted to the position of Manager – Product Strategy.

Hino is replacing Cris Gillespie and Alex Stewart, who have both moved on to take up other opportunities. Mr Gillespie is now working as General Manager Marketing at Penske Commercial Vehicles, while Alex Stewart has taken up the role of General Manager at Foton Trucks Australia.

A new face at Hino, Bill Gillespie has a long history in the automotive industry working in management roles for a number of different companies including Nissan, Toyota, Kia and Peugeot, and running his own business, Obeya Consulting. He started in the Brand and Franchise Development role, which is an amalgamation of dealer development, after-sales management, corporate brand development, marketing and customer care duties, on 1 April.

Previously, Bill had worked with current Hino Chairman and CEO, Steve Lotter, at Toyota.

“After a lifetime of work in the passenger vehicle market, I'm looking forward to the challenges in the truck industry,” Mr Gillespie said.

Daniel Petrovski, meanwhile, has already been with Hino for seven years. His role now incorporates all product planning and strategies, engineering, development and homologation for Hino Australia, working closely with both Hino Japan and local third-party suppliers.

“My team and I work closely with our sales and marketing divisions, our dealers and our customers, identifying the most suitable product line-up and model mix for our customers' unique needs,” he said. “This area of the business is basically the funnel between the Hino's factory engineers and the Australian market.

On the back of the announcement, Hino also announced the winners of its prestigious dealer award. This year, Hino's Metropolitan Dealer of the Year award was won by CMI Hino Adelaide, while the Rural Dealer of the Year title went to 2006 Dealer of the Year winner, Newcastle Hino.

Both awards were presented by Hino Australia Chairman and CEO, Steve Lotter, at an official gala awards dinner in Sydney.

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