Scania Australia MD announces retirement

Scania Australia managing director Mikael Jansson has announced his retirement – returning to Sweden at the end of July, following five-years down under.

Jansson, 63, has held the role since August 2017, follows decades with the truck manufacturer.

“I was very excited to be invited to run the Scania Australia business after 30 years working for Scania, mostly in Sweden, and I have really enjoyed my time here,” he said.

Jansson added that Scania’s performance stepped up another notch in the last five years, as it powers its way toward 10 per cent market share for heavy trucks.

“While the pandemic has had a major impact on our business growth potential, I am very pleased to say that our order levels continue to reflect record demand,” he said.

“Despite lockdowns and work from home orders, I was exceptionally proud of the effort our Scania family and the teams at our authorised independent dealers delivered to keep our customers on the road over the past two-and-a-half years. This effort, no matter the difficulty, really shows how we live the promise of our ‘customer first’ core value.”

Scania Australia also recently celebrated the opening of its ninth company-owned sales and service branch at Eastern Creek in Western Sydney.

“With my background in the global parts and service organisation in Sweden, I am very pleased that our parts and service business in Australia has also improved significantly, maintaining our customers’ uptime and bolstering their profitability potential,” said Jansson.

“While I am sad to be leaving Australia, an amazing country in so many ways, I have some vivid and enduring memories to take back with me. I am also very pleased that I am seeing many more Scania vehicles on the road these days.”

Manfred Streit has been announced as Mikael Jansson’s replacement. He will move from his current position of Scania’s country director for Austria, taking up the new role in Melbourne from August.

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