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HINO Australia has made senior management changes, including the promotion of president and chief operating officer Sam Suda to the position of president and CEO.

Mr Suda has been COO for the past two years and with Toyota and Hino for more than 30 years, most recently with Hino in the US.

Sam Suda

He will be supported by two new vice-presidents. Bill Gillespie has been appointed in the new role of vice-president of brand and franchise development and Greg Bleasel has become vice president of product support.

Mr Gillespie previously was Hino’s general manager of the brand and franchise development division for six years and has a 30-year career in strategy, network development, marketing and sales in the automotive industry.

Bill Gillespie

The brand and franchise development division covers sales, supply chain, franchise development, product strategy, marketing and bus departments.

Mr Bleasel moves from general manager of product support to the vice-president position. His expanded responsibilities now include information technology, customer experience, parts sales, parts supply chain, service and technical support and national training departments.

Greg Bleasel

He is one of the founding members of Hino Motor Sales Australia, starting in March 1995 and has grown the parts and service business over the past 25 years and has been recognised with numerous Hino global awards for both the parts and service operations.

Gus Belanszky

Mr Suda said: “Outstanding leadership by Bill and Greg has been instrumental in Hino becoming one of Australia’s leading truck brands during a period of tremendous change, including during the global COVID-19 situation.”

As part of the restructure, two new general manager level positions have been created with Brian Wright promoted to general manager of sales and supply chain, and Gus Belanszky to general manager of service and customer support.

Gus Wright

Mr Wright was previously the national sales manager for Hino, and his success in that role has included Hino achieving its best ever sales result in Australia in June 2020.

Mr Belanszky’s move follows his extensive experience over the past 14 years with Hino Australia, most recently as service support manager. His new role includes the functions of customer experience, technical support, service support and training.

By Neil Dowling

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