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Hino appoints new president in Australia

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Hino Australia, has appointed Sam (Takashi) Suda to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer.

An automotive and truck industry stalwart, Suda joins Hino Australia from Japan where he held the position of General Manager, Asia & Oceania Division.

Steve Lotter, Hino Australia Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said Suda had joined the team at an exciting time for the business as it coincides with the launch of the 500 Series Standard Cab.

“With a career that spans 36 years at Hino and its parent company Toyota, including senior management roles in Australia and America, Sam is well positioned to join the Hino Australia leadership team,” he said.

"Sam has well-rounded experience in many areas of the business, and is already familiar with the Australian trucking industry."

Suda’s previous roles at Hino include Senior Vice President, Hino Motor Sales USA Inc. and General Manager, Middle East & South East Asia Department, Hino Motors, Ltd.

From 2007-2011, he held the position of Director Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, following 24 years in various senior roles at Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan and Italy.

“I am thrilled to be back in Australia and to be officially joining the Hino Australia family,” said Suda.

“The strength of Hino Australia’s results in 2018 has given the business an excellent platform to begin the year on.”

“I look forward to working with the team as we welcome new models, continue our single-minded focus on the customer and drive the business further.”

Suda replaces Sean (Shunichi) Takahashi who returns to Hino Motors Limited in Japan after five successful years with Hino Australia, where he spearheaded a strong focus on providing total support for Hino customers.

Suda officially commences his role today, 1 February, 2019.

(Sam Suda President and Chief Operating Officer).

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