In a move that has come as a surprise to the industry, Bill Gillespie has announced  he has resigned  from the position  of  vice president of brand and franchise development, due to personal reasons.

Under Gillespie’s stewardship since 2014, Hino has seen a significant rise in the market place, increasing both its market share and sales volume.

Over the past seven years, the Hino business has grown with new model introductions and the sponsorship of the Supercars Championship while sales have increased by over 28 per cent under Gillespie’s guidance.

Bill Gillespie is set to leave Hino on Friday 16th April  and it is believed he is taking up a role with a company and will be based in Brisbane

“During my time with Hino, I have been based in Sydney and travelling regularly to Brisbane to spend time with my extended family,” said Bill Gillespie.

“COVID lockdowns and border closures have made me reassess the ongoing viability of this travel and ultimately played a large part in my decision to relocate back to Brisbane on a full-time basis,” he continued.

“I am confident that Hino is well placed to take full advantage of the growing market and is in good hands.”

Mr Gillespie joined Hino Australia in February 2014 following a 30 year career in strategy, network development, marketing and sales in the automotive industry.

“On behalf of Hino Australia, we would like to thank Bill for his dedication and leadership over the past seven years and wish him well in his future ventures,” said Sam Suda, President and CEO of Hino Australia.