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EXPERIENCED automotive industry executive Bill Gillespie has announced he will be resigning as vice-president of brand and franchise development for Hino Australia.

After a career in the automotive industry that has spanned three decades, Mr Gillespie made the decision to step down from his role with the commercial-vehicle company in order to spend more time with his family.

Mr Gillespie said the restricted travel caused by COVID lockdowns played a big part in his decision.

“During my time with Hino, I have been based in Sydney and travelling regularly to Brisbane to spend time with my extended family,” he said.

“COVID lockdowns and border closures have made me reassess the ongoing viability of this travel and ultimately played a large part in my decision to relocate back to Brisbane on a full-time basis.

“I am confident that Hino is well placed to take full advantage of the growing market and is in good hands.”

Mr Gillespie first joined Hino Australia in 2014 as general manager of brand and franchise development, a role he held until January, when he was appointed brand and franchise development vice-president, answering to president and CEO Sam Suda.

Mr Suda said Mr Gillespie had made a valuable contribution to the Hino business.

“On behalf of Hino Australia, we would like to thank Bill for his dedication and leadership over the past seven years and wish him well in his future ventures,” he said.

Prior to working at Hino Mr Gillespie worked for automotive consulting firm OBEYA Consulting, and before that was the general manager of Peugeot Australia for nearly three years from late 2010 to 2013.

Before that he worked for Nissan Australia as NSW/ACT state manager, and was also director of sales and marketing for Kia for three years from 2005-2008.

His connection to Hino came from his earlier employment at Toyota Motor Company Australia, where he held various roles including central regional manager (SA/NT), Daihatsu senior manager and Toyota franchise development manager for NSW/ACT.

Mr Gillespie’s last day was on April 16, with a replacement yet to be announced by Hino.

By Robbie Wallis

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