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Isuzu Australia makes changes to executive structure

A new configuration of the executive structure at Isuzu Australia (IAL) has taken effect this week. Hiroko Yaguchi, the acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer will assume the role of Managing Director.

Current Director and Chief Operating Officer, Phil Taylor will assume the new title of Director and Chief Executive Officer under the restructure.

In his new role Taylor will increase his focus on implementing appropriate business strategies that take advantage of new technologies and work closely in collaboration with stakeholders.

Taylor has been at IAL for 27 years. He moved from Brisbane to the Melbourne Head Office in 2000.

Andrew Harbison, current IAL Director, Sales and Marketing, will assume Taylor’s previous role as Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee sales and marketing, product planning and engineering, IT and after-sales.

The strategic positioning earmarks a future direction for the company as it takes steps towards meeting the challenges of the new trucking climate Isuzu said in a released statement.

“The 2018 Australian Truck market is showing levels of strength and growth unseen since the record market numbers set in 2007,” said Yaguchi.

“At the same time, the market is being flooded with an unprecedented level of new technologies, including enhanced safety features, electric and autonomous vehicles to name a few.”

“Going forward, IAL must maintain its market strength to take advantage of these seismic shifts,” she said.

Yaguchi said Isuzu’s success in Australia was the product of balancing an understanding of current issues while anticipating future trends.

“Australia’s trucking landscape faces disruption and change from many different angles, and IAL is responding with a number of new initiatives and an organisational structure that targets our key areas of focus,” she said.

“Phil, Andrew and myself are excited to meet these challenges and advance to even greater triumphs that drive our business forwards.”

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