Hino Australia has announced that its current vice president of  brand and franchise development, Richard Emery will  be  its new president  and CEO, succeeding  ‘Sam’ Suda  from 1 February 2024.

Hino says in a statement that Emery brings more than three decades of sales, marketing and business development experience in the global automotive and trucking industry, including prior roles as the  CEO and managing director of Nissan Australia and has also held senior executive roles at Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Audi and Land Rover.

He has been a board member of the FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries) and currently represents Hino at the Truck Industry Council.

“Over the last two years, Richard has demonstrated his excellent leadership and management skills.

“He has built strong connections with our dealer partners and provided important strategic direction to our sales operations through a challenging supply environment,” said Sam Suda.

“I am confident I am leaving Hino Australia in his capable hands,” he continued.

Sam Suda will retire following his 40 year career at Toyota and Hino including his most recent appointment was a five year tenure as president and CEO of Hino Australia.

Emery thanked Sam Suda for his leadership of Hino Australia.

“Sam has led Hino Motor Sales Australia through a difficult five year period which included two years of COVID lockdowns.

“His calmness and astute business approach provided Hino with a business environment that saw us achieve record sales in 2021.

“Critically, Sam oversaw the development and opening of Hino Australia’s new Parts Distribution Centre in 2021 which has allowed our business to provide our customers with the service levels they require.

“His tenure also saw the launch of our acclaimed all-new 500 Series Standard Cab and 700 Series models, and the introduction of our market-leading telematics platform, Hino Connect,” he continued.

“On behalf of Hino Australia, I would like to thank Sam for his exceptional leadership.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Hino dealership network and head office team to invest in and entrench a sustainable and robust business model that will perform in any environment,” he concluded.