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CHINESE car-maker Zeekr, part of the Geely conglomerate, has made key appointments in Australia ahead of its local launch later this year.

Zeekr has appointed Connal Yan as managing director of Australia. Mr Yan was previously general manager of sales at Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA), a position he held for three months after moving across from Genesis.

Connal Yan

He was the head of Genesis Australia for four years, valuable experience that will help Zeekr in the establishment as a new premium brand in this market.

Prior to this, Mr Yan was dealer principal and deputy general manager of Mercedes-Benz Taiwan, a role which he held for five years after joining from Mercedes-Benz Taiwan where he was general manager.

Matt McCroarey

Zeekr also appointed as head of aftersales, based in Sydney.

For almost three years, Mr McCroarey was  customer services manager at Polestar, another brand from the Geely stable

Prior to Polestar, he was national technical manager for Jaguar Land Rover Australia.

Ryan Collins

Zeekr has hired Chris Saltapidas as head of product and Ryan Collins as national retail sales manager.

Mr Saltapidas was previously product planner and strategic planning manager at HMCA. He was with Hyundai for more than 13 years, joining from his previous role of senior technician at Porsche Centres in Melbourne and Sydney.

Mr Collins comes to Zeekr from SAIC/MG where he was most recently general manager for the eastern region.

Chris Saltapidas

At MG he was national aftersales manager. He was also Ferrari Maserati Sydney’s service manager for almost seven years and was Porsche Centre Sydney’s service advisor and technician.

By Neil Dowling

AdTorque Edge