White Motor Corporation has announced the appointment of Dean Hoverd as General Manager for its New Zealand truck and bus operations.
Dean brings over 30 years of experience in sales and management roles in both Australia and New Zealand. This includes working as National Sales and Marketing Manager for Holden NZ subsidiary, Isuzu New Zealand for 10 years. During Dean’s time in this position, Isuzu’s sales more than doubled to 1000 units per year and a 25 percent market share.
Then in 2008, Dean began working for major distributor of forklift trucks, Eurolift, as National Sales and Marketing Manager before accepting the new role at White Motor Corporation NZ.
CEO of White Motor Corporation, Jason Pecotic said the appointment of Dean Hoverd will give the company an enormous boost as it establishes its operations and sales network in New Zealand ahead of the launch of JAC trucks later this year.
“Dean’s experience and achievements in the New Zealand truck market will be invaluable as we build our market presence with both JAC trucks and Higer bus,” said Jason.
“He has an intimate knowledge of the New Zealand commercial vehicle market from both his time at Isuzu as well as his experience in the retail car and truck business and there is no one better equipped to oversee the establishment of JAC and Higer in NZ,” he added.
Dean added that he is looking forward to the challenges of establishing JAC and Higer in the New Zealand market and believes that kiwis will be quick to embrace these Chinese products.
“This is an exciting opportunity to deliver new competition with quality, cost effective commercial vehicles to the Kiwi market,” said Dean.
“The level of engineering and equipment in both the JAC and Higer product lines will surprise many and I believe it is going to quickly gain a strong foot hold in NZ.”
JAC, or Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd manufactures a full range of vehicles from light, medium and heavy-duty trucks to MPVs, SUVs, passenger cars and buses, as well as engineering machinery, engines, gearboxes and other key components; and Higer is China’s largest exporter of buses and coaches.