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TRUCK maker Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) has appointed Murray O’Dea to the position of national dealer sales manager.

He replaces Mr Craig White, who stepped into the role of IAL’s head of sales earlier this year.

Mr O’Dea brings considerable experience to the position with over 30 years in the heavy vehicle industry across a diverse range of operations and locations.

He has been with IAL since 2016 as a regional parts manager and business manager across several states including New South Wales, Western Australia, and Tasmania.

IAL’s national dealer sales manager position provides a critical link between Isuzu and its broad dealer network, and Mr O’Dea’s previous experience at Isuzu places him in an ideal position to continue growing these relationships.

Trucking: Isuzu appoints Murray O’Dea as new national dealer sales manager.

Mr O’Dea will be working closely with IAL’s zone dealer managers to support the expansive dealer network to ensure the right product is available for the right segment and ensure Isuzu remains at the forefront in forecasting trends.

“A big part of my role is ensuring IAL has the correct mix of wholesale and retail stock needed to meet demand across a wide range of industries and applications,” said Mr O’Dea.

“This is where working closely with our zone managers and the dealers is crucial so that we can collectively meet the needs of our customers.

“I couldn’t be happier coming into this role and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

IAL chief of sales and Aftersales, Ben Lasry, said, “The lynchpin to IAL’s highly effective and productive relationship is the support we provide to our dealers through key roles in our management structure at head office, such as the national dealer sales manager.

“Murray’s appointment strengthens our ability to deliver this support and to assist our dealers in keeping Isuzu trucks on the road working for Aussie businesses.”

In 2022 Isuzu Trucks sold 13,360 units, marking a new record and its 34th consecutive year of truck sales leadership. This year sees the upwards trend continue with sales increasing a further 7.4 per cent (709 units) for Isuzu through to the end of September 2023.

“With over 70 locations in operation, our dealers should all feel extremely proud of their contribution to the success of Isuzu in Australia; success that wouldn’t be achievable without their commitment and professionalism” said Mr Lasry.

By Neil Dowling