A new appointment to fill the vacancy left when Kristi Walker had to return to the US, for personal reasons, earlier this year, has been announced. Daimler has unveiled the appointment of Stephen Downes as General Manager, Freightliner Trucks, Australia and New Zealand.
“Stephen has excellent knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand truck market. Importantly, he is home-grown and therefore able to immediately relate to our customers when discussing product requirements and applications,” said Daniel Whitehead, Daimler Truck and Bus Managing Director.
“Stephen has both an engineering degree and a commerce degree, and when you combine those with the management and sales experience he has gained over the last decade he is the ideal person to further increase Freightliner’s market share.
“We are elated that a man of Stephen’s experience, knowledge and expertise has come on board at Freightliner and is a great reflection on our brand and its standing in the market.”
Stephen Downes started his career in the local truck industry a decade ago with Paccar Australia and was, up until the April 2014, General Manager for DAF Trucks, where he increased market share and volumes to record levels before switching to his general sales manager role. He was, most recently, the general sales manager of Kenworth.
Stephen will take up his position in January, 2015.