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Leadership change at Scania Australia

After eight years heading Scania’s Australian business unit, Roger McCarthy is to stand down as Managing Director from 1 July 2017.

The 35-year Scania veteran will be replaced by Mikael Jansson, who joins Scania Australia from Scania in Sweden, where he held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Parts and Service.

McCarthy warmly welcomed Jansson to Scania Australia, saying over the past eight years, the company has undergone a substantial change in direction and doubled its share of the heavy vehicle market.

“Over the past eight years, we have seen the heavy-duty truck market move towards a higher level of focus on whole-of-life costs and total operating economy, with greater recognition of optimised vehicle uptime and the role drivers play, in enhancing vehicle operators’ profitability,” McCarthy said.

He added Scania has led innovation across a number of business areas, with the introduction in 2010 of the first manufacturer-owned truck rental operation, the establishment of a dedicated Mining & Resources Division, the development of an ever-expanding Driver Training & Coaching Team and a Driver Services Division to enhance driver efficiency, as well as most recently the launch of Scania Maintenance with Flexible Plans.

“We have embraced the world of vehicle optimisation and driver data as a means of offering customers the potential to improve their bottom lines, and through the over-arching Scania Total Transport Solution product portfolio, we have transitioned the brand from being purely the supplier of premium quality vehicle hardware to being a complete transport solutions provider, a genuine partner with our customers,” he explained.

In the first four months of 2017, Scania truck deliveries reached an all-time high of 221 vehicles (up 76 per cent on the same period in 2016), with a year-to-date market share of 6.8 per cent, while 2014 and 2016 truck deliveries of well in excess of 700 vehicles were a far cry from the level Mr McCarthy inherited in 2009.

McCarthy explained he will remain a non-executive director of the Scania Australia board and take on further non-executive board positions across a number of key Scania growth markets in Asia and Oceania, as well as some European markets.

“When I came to the role in Australia it was the start of a journey of genuine stability and growth for the company, and despite the dislocation of the GFC, we have been able to build solid foundations for the business to ensure we service and support our valued customers throughout Australia.

“I am now vacating the driving seat in favour of my colleague Mikael Jansson. I am very confident we have in place a robust management structure, in both retail sales and services, as well as from the distributor/Dealer Support Centre perspective that will ensure the business continues to thrive in this market,” McCarthy said.

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