Following the retirement of its national fleet sales manager, Tony Kerr, Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) has announced who will be taking his place.
Grant Walford has taken on the national fleet sales manager role, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in the heavy vehicle industry across key positions in account and product management, sales planning, customer service and customer retention.
Starting out as a motor mechanic, Walford also attained a heavy vehicle licence before moving into sales in the early 2000s.
Across his career, Mr Walford has secured and managed major accounts including government and blue-chip customers, putting this experience into his previous position as IAL fleet manager for NSW since 2020.
IAL director and chief operating officer Andrew Harbison says Walford’s achievements and vision for fleet business made him the ideal choice for the position.
“Grant’s extensive experience across the automotive industry and at IAL in New South Wales stands him in good stead as he comes to fill in the big shoes left by our previous national fleet manager Tony Kerr,” said Harbison.
“Grant not only understands Isuzu’s broad product range; he has the best interests of our customers at heart, regardless of whether that customer is a small local trade business or an international logistics company with a large truck fleet.
“Fleet sales form an incredibly important part of Isuzu’s overall picture and our performance in this space contributes heavily to our lasting success as Australia’s truck market leader.
“It’s not only about having great product in the market but also a solid support base such as our fleet sales and zone teams and an outstanding dealer network to deliver the Isuzu sales and aftersales experience.”
Isuzu Trucks recorded 13,360 truck sales in 2022 and an impressive 8108 units through to the end of July 2023—representing an increase of 13.7 per cent on the same period 12 months ago.
Walford said he’s looking forward to his new position at a time when the heavy vehicle industry is experiencing significant evolution.
“The industry has seen unprecedented change in the last few years, especially off the back of Covid and the growth that has continued on since then,” he said.
“My goal is to continue to streamline the business and focus on the Tier One fleets that Isuzu Trucks supports, and build on that momentum.
“It’s critically important that we continue to have the right people on the ground in each zone, working with customers to understand their business and the environments that they operate in.
“The needs of our customers, including major fleets, are changing.”