Volvo Group  has announced the replacement for the role of heading up its Mack brand in this country, following the previous  boss, Tom Chapman’s appointment to run the Volvo  truck brand in Australia, which was announced last month.

The Group  has announced former Volvo Truck Sales Australia, vice president Tony O’Connell will return to Australia after an overseas posting to become the new vice president of Mack Trucks Sales, commencing in October this year.

O’Connell has been the managing director of Volvo Malaysia since taking over from compatriot, Mitch Peden at the end of 2020. Volvo says O’Connell has lead a successful transformation of its Malaysian operation, focused on customer satisfaction.

He originally joined VGA from a private dealer, Truck Centre WA in 2004,  taking on a Mack aftermarket role based in Darwin.

He has gone on over the past two decades to fulfil senior roles including as vice president of Aftermarket, and as mentioned, vice president of Volvo Trucks Sales Australia, accruing a great deal of leadership and strategic expertise at Volvo Group .

“I’m looking forward to taking the reins of the Mack Trucks brand here in Australia,” said O’Connell.

“For over a century, Mack has forged a well-deserved reputation for reliability, durability, and efficiency and I am excited to join and contribute to that legacy,” he said.

Tony said his enthusiasm for the future of Mack Trucks and its customers, highlighting the recent launch of the new lower emission Euro 6 range and the all-new range topping 780hp 17-litre MP11 engine.

“I am fortunate to lead the Mack Trucks brand during this exciting time, as we navigate and shape the new era of the transport industry,” he added.

President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia, Martin Merrick, said that as VP of Mack Trucks Sales, he believes Tony will bring his deep industry knowledge, strategic acumen, and passion for excellence to help drive customer success and take the Mack Trucks brand to the next level.

“It’s fantastic to welcome Tony back to Australia. I’m convinced the experience he has gained in the wider Volvo Group over the past three and a half years, will add value to VGA,” Merrick said.

“With Tony O’Connell at the helm, Mack is well-positioned to advance our transformation journey here in Australia,” Merrick added.