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

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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

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