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Isuzu bolsters network development with new appointment

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL), has invested in the future of the Isuzu Authorised Network with the appointment of Ben Lasry as Head of Network Development.

IAL Director and Chief of Corporate Services, Paul Evans, congratulated Lasry on his appointment and noted the newly created network development role demonstrated IAL’s commitment to supporting the nation-wide network of dealers and authorised outlets.

“The Isuzu network has rallied strongly during the challenges of 2020, keeping essential road transport and local businesses on the road,” said Evans.

“While government stimulus measures for investment in capital equipment has been encouraging this year, dealerships have faced significant challenges and changes to the way business is conducted day-to-day.

“As Head of Network Development, Mr Lasry will be a critical resource for new and existing dealers to lean on while they adapt to a ‘COVID normal’ operating environment,” he said – adding that Isuzu believes change brings opportunities, but only if you are prepared ahead of time, and can implement strategy effectively. “IAL is committed to looking after the Isuzu authorised network. Ensuring we have the right plans in place to assist them with meeting these challenges, while moving the Isuzu brand forward in a sustainable way, is one of our top priorities.”

According to IAL, Lasry brings a wealth of knowledge to the management ranks of IAL, having spent 20 years in senior positions across the automotive industry. His experience includes logistics and supply chain operations, aftersales and commercial strategies, forecasting and demand planning, as well as sales and contract management.

IAL said Lasry is also well versed in marketing communications, customer care, business sales and new process improvement, making him the ideal candidate for spearheading IAL’s dealer network growth.

Reportedly thrilled with the opportunity to work on the ground with IAL’s dominant product offering in sales, parts and service across Australia’s largest truck dealership network, Lasry divulged his immediate development goals.

“I have always enjoyed business-to-business interactions, so it is exciting to work with the large IAL Authorised Network as we plan for Isuzu’s position as market leader in truck sales in the future,” said Lasry.

“I also look forward to enhancing the current processes Isuzu has in place for our network.

“My immediate goal is to ensure our network partners are set up with the right resources, necessary support and plans to ensure their business runs smoothly and profitably.”

In other news, Paul Cotterill, the owner of Wollongong-based heavy vehicle driver training outfit Coachbiz, decided an Isuzu FXZ 240-350 six-wheel tipper was the ideal vehicle for his dedicated training operation.

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