After 35 successful years in the Bus Division of Scania Australia, industry veteran Trevor O’Brien is moving to a more senior role across the entire Scania business
After 35 successful years in the bus division of Scania Australia, Trevor O’Brien is moving to a more senior role across the entire Scania business, and Julian Gurney is expanding his role from retail sales to include government contracts.
O’Brien’s new role is general manager, vehicle sales support, across the truck, bus and engines business divisions, while Gurney’s new title is national bus sales manager.
The amalgamation of the two former bus sales divisions (retail and government) under Gurney recognises the growth in strength of the retail sales business within Scania Bus and Coach in Australia over recent years.
“After 35 years amassing experience across all aspects of Scania’s bus sales business in Australia, I am excited to be taking on this wider role of general manager, vehicle sales support,” O’Brien says.
“In this new role I will be able to support the continued development of the bus and coach product lines for Australia, as we continue to reach out to new customers with our constantly evolving product portfolio.”
“Over the past few years our market share and retail volumes have increased significantly, as we introduced new product to the market that was carefully calibrated to suit the needs of our customers,” Gurney says.
“Our K 310 driveline has been particularly successful within the school and charter market, and we are confident this success will continue into the medium term.
“With Trevor’s departure from the day-to-day government contract relations work we will expand the roles of our existing contracts staff to continue to foster good relations with state-based passenger transport fleet managers.
“Our experienced contract managers, Steven Godbold and Grant Mascord, will now handle the bulk of the government contract work, reporting to me.
“As for the overall management of the bus and coach division, I feel honoured to have been asked to take the helm, and will use my more than 10 years of experience in the industry to continue to plot Scania’s bus and coach sales course.
“With our ongoing Total Transport Solutions concept, including Driver Services and Scania Optimise, our repair and maintenance agreements and service exchange programmes, Scania has a lot to offer customers to help enhance their profitability.
“I am very excited and proud to be leading Scania Bus and Coach at this stage in our history, and with encouraging sales performance over the past year and equally healthy deliveries and orders already on the books in 2017, we can look forward to seeing Scania continue to play a vital role in the provision of safe, comfortable and efficient passenger transport services across Australia into the future,” Gurney concludes.
“Scania has a lot to offer customers to help enhance profitability”
Julian Gurney’s new role at Scania Australia is national bus sales manager