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Isuzu’s Taylor calls time on stellar career

Isuzu Australia (IAL) has announced that its Director and Chief Executive Officer, Phil Taylor, will be retiring from the company, effective 28 February this year.

Taylor’s journey with IAL began in Queensland in the early 1990s, where he managed several roles in fleet and retail sales and worked tirelessly to grow the breadth and reach of Isuzu’s Queensland dealer network.

Then 18 years ago he made the move to a national position based at Isuzu’s Port Melbourne head office.

With an eminent career at IAL spanning 28 years, Taylor’s long-term vision for improved performance and his indefatigable passion for great products have been instrumental in IAL remaining undefeated as the overall top-selling truck brand in Australia for every year of the last three decades.

Taylor’s guidance has always been complemented by an efficient leadership team in Melbourne, navigating IAL through many triumphs and milestones.

“Every successful business is only as good as the people behind it,” said Taylor.

“The position IAL finds itself in now is the result of many incredible minds, whose commitment to the company’s vision is the reason for our long-term success.

“I leave this industry at a time of great change. Technology is set to dominate the automotive industry in ways we never thought possible and I am comfortable that IAL has the firm plans in place to capitalise on the anticipated change it will bring. For mine, it’s teamwork that will remain a key factor in continuing to strengthen IAL into the future.

“I’ve been fortunate to work alongside some amazing colleagues, friends and also some tough foes in my time,” he added. “It’s been a hell of ride, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity,” he said.

IAL Managing Director, Hiroko Yaguchi, regards Taylor’s leadership as one that has bolstered Isuzu’s presence both locally and on the world stage.

“Phil’s tenure with IAL can quite rightly be described as world-class,” said Yaguchi.

“He’s helped to elevate the brand in Australia into an operation the rest of the Isuzu world looks to for best practice on a number of fronts.

“Phil’s ability to read the market, its people and customers is nothing short of extraordinary. He leaves behind an exemplary record and legacy. He’ll be sorely missed,” she said.

Taylor’s departure comes hot on the heels of a number of recent milestones for IAL, with its national operations consolidated at a new purpose-built facility at Truganina in Melbourne’s west earlier last year and sales and market leadership records being smashed at the conclusion of 2018.

As yet there is no word from IAL as to who will be Taylor’s replacement.

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