Mario Colosimo has appointed managing director of equipment specialist, SAF-Holland Australia, effective from 3 February.

 To take up the new role, Colosimo will step down as general manager of Byrne Trailers to accept the position and will now report to president of APAC/China/India MIke Ginocchio.

 “I am looking forward to spending time with people in the industry that I have known for many years and to engage with new customers and the team at SAF-Holland,” said Colosimo. “We will be working hard to deliver the best customer service in the industry and to find ways to add value to the customer’s business,” said Colosimo.

Colosimo brings more than 35 years of experience in the road transport equipment and component industry following the completion of his engineering degree.

 Colosimo  spent the early years of his career working for trailer manufacturers – culminating in a role as chief engineer of Tieman Industries before moving to a senior management position at BPW Transpec in a multi-facetted role in which he had responsibilities for marketing, sales, logistics and technical support for a wide range of products.

 More recently, Colosimo served as the general manager of Freighter products at MaxiTRANS, including a stint as the dealer principal for MaxiTRANS NSW, prior to his time as general manager at Byrne Trailers.

 Colosimo played a significant part in the introduction of Electronic Braking Systems in Australia  and was the recipient of the 2010 Don Watson Memorial Award from the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), which is awarded for ‘conspicuous service to the Australian trucking industry’.

 Colosimo previously held the position of deputy chair of the Australian Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA ) and  is currently the vice president of the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) and has been a board member since 2015.