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WEST AUS­TRALIAN sup­plier Bus and Coach In­ter­na­tional (BCI) has ap­pointed long-time man­ager and bus in­dus­try vet­eran Des­mond Arm­strong, pic­tured, as its new CEO. For­mer CEO Ron Naz­zari has stepped away from the day-to-day man­age­ment of the com­pany. Start­ing as Naz­zari Hino Bus Sales and Ser­vice 27 years ago, BCI is now one of the most recog­nis­able brands in the in­dus­try. Ron Naz­zari will still con­tinue as chair­man and share­holder of the Xi­a­men, China-based bus body builder FT-BCI.

Arm­strong and Naz­zari have shared 30 years of friend­ship and the for­mer has worked at BCI since 1997. His po­si­tion pro­gressed at BCI from ser­vice man­ager, op­er­a­tions man­ager to GM and now CEO.

Arm­strong has 35 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try, start­ing as a diesel me­chanic in South Africa for Asian and Euro­pean com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles brands at dif­fer­ent deal­er­ships. He then mi­grated to Aus­tralia in 1988, where he held man­age­ment po­si­tions at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, GPR Trucks and AHG. He also has me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and Aus­tralian trade cer­tifi­cates.

While BCI is one of the largest bus and coach com­pa­nies in Aus­tralia, the team still firmly main­tains a fam­ily-fo­cused ap­proach to busi­ness, says Arm­strong. These val­ues ex­tend through to the net­work of ex­pe­ri­enced deal­ers, who work to of­fer cus­tomers the high­est level of af­ter-sales sup­port in Aus­tralia and across the Tas­man, he says.

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