Penske  has announced a major re-organisation of its Australian operations following the departure of Kevin Dennis managing director of Penske Commercial Vehicles’ On-Highway. Truck & Bus News broke the story of Dennis’ departure from the Penske organisation back in early February.

The company, still headed up globally by the venerable Roger Penske, has announced that it has rebranded its Australian operations, combining the Penske Commercial Vehicles and Penske Power Systems operations under  the name Penske Australia.

As part of this rebranding, managing director of Penske Power Systems, Hamish Christie-Johnston, has been appointed as managing director of Penske Australia.

The change became effective on 1st March, and the company says that aligning Penske’s internal systems and departments will ‘drive operational efficiencies and enhance the product and service offering to our Western Star Trucks, MAN Truck & Bus, Dennis Eagle, MTU, Detroit, and Allison Transmission customers’.

“Since Penske first entered the Australian market in 2013 with Penske Commercial Vehicles, and then Penske Power Systems, our focus has been on serving a broad range of customers,” said Randall Seymore, president of Penske Transportation Group International.

“The first step in improving our service offering was the appointment in recent years of Penske Power Systems as an authorised dealer of Penske Commercial Vehicles’ Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle truck brands across select locations.

“We believe rebranding articulates the breadth of Penske’s capabilities and positions the company for future development.”

Penske Transportation Group International, is the local subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, which controls Penske Australia and Penske New Zealand. Randall Seymore will continue as president of PTGI based at its Brisbane offices. The rebranding to Penske Australia follows the rebranding of Penske Power Systems and Penske Commercial Vehicles in New Zealand late last year to Penske New Zealand.

Hamish Christie-Johnston said he was excited to lead Penske Australia.

“We have an outstanding team of people that are focused on delivering innovative solutions and improved service ,” said Hamish

“I look forward to working with all of our customers and our dealer network to grow their businesses as well as our own,” he added.