The former Director of Mercedes Benz Truck & Bus has been announced today as the new head of IVECO Australia and New Zealand.
Michel May, whose appointment will take effect on a transitional basis in the new year, joins IVECO after a 20-year career with Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific where he also served as Dealer Principal of two Melbourne-based Daimler truck dealerships.
The appointment of May to Managing Director by IVECO comes as part of a shakeup at the commercial vehicle manufacturer following changes first earmarked for the group when CNH Industrial made it public that it would be separating its on-highway divisions from its agricultural and construction manufacturing equipment back in September.
May, who brings extensive leadership and industry expertise to IVECO has a background in engineering and after-sales.
Outgoing Managing Director Bruce Healy has accepted the role of Brand Leader at New Holland Agriculture, another division of IVECO parent company CNH Industrial.
Healy, who is understood to have an affinity with rural communities, will reconnect with farming communities through New Holland's range of agricultural products that includes combine harvesters, tractors and haytools.
“The last two years, working closely with IVECO staff and the dealer network, have been tremendously satisfying,” he said.
“I believe we’ve laid the foundation for an exciting future and whilst I’m disappointed that I won’t be around to further contribute to our performance, I’m excited by the challenge and responsibility of leading New Holland into the future,” said Healy.
Healy's replacement, May, joins IVECO, which maintains a manufacturing plant in Melbourne, at an exciting time the company said in a statement.
The recent introduction of the Heavy Duty Stralis X-Way range and the on-going success of the Daily Light Duty models will be complemented with key product actions planned for 2020.
(Image: New IVECO Managing Director Michael May, right).