Isuzu Australia Limited announces management change

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) has revealed Takeo Shindo has been appointed as its 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 a highly productive three-year, nine-month assignment in Australia,” IAL said in a statement.

Shindo has been with Isuzu Motors Limited Japan (IML) for 35 years, 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.

IAL says Shindo joins the business during a time of consolidated domestic growth and rapid industry change.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Shindo san to Australia and 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 IAL director and chief operating officer Andrew 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 thanked outgoing managing director and CEO, Hiroko Yaguchi.

“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.

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

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