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Isuzu Australia welcomes new boss

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) has announced the appointment of Takeo Shindo to the position of IAL Managing Director and CEO.

Shindo san’s appointment comes as the Australian truck market leader bids a fond farewell to former Managing Director and CEO, Ms Hiroko Yaguchi, following her highly productive almost four-year assignment in Australia.

With a tenure spanning 35 years at Isuzu Motors Limited Japan (IML), Shindo san brings to Australia a wealth of experience garnered from all facets of the global Isuzu family.

Having previously worked across corporate, operational, sales and retail roles in Japan, North America and Africa, as well as several growing South-East Asian markets, Shindo san joins IAL during a time of consolidated domestic growth and rapid industry change.

IAL Director and Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Harbison, extended a warm welcome to the latest member of IAL’s Australian Directorate.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Shindo san to Australia and to the role of Managing Director and CEO at IAL. We’re looking forward to continuing to build on the great work between our Australian and Japanese operations,” said Harbison.

“IAL has big plans for the future, especially in relation to our ability to adapt to rapidly evolving domestic and international industry change.

“Shindo san’s formidable track record at our parent company in Japan, especially in the product development and planning space, and his tenure across the breadth of Isuzu’s global markets, fills us with great confidence.”

Harbison also took the opportunity to extend a sincere thanks to outgoing Managing Director and CEO, Ms Hiroko Yaguchi (Yaguchi san).

“Despite the great news, it is a bittersweet moment for our business, as we bid farewell to Yaguchi san, who is returning to Japan after an extended four-year assignment here in Australia,” said Harbison.

“Her strength, resilience and business intelligence during that time and indeed throughout an unprecedented 2020, won’t be forgotten. We wish her every success in her future endeavours within Isuzu Motors Japan,” he said.


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