NEW HORIZONS: Roger McCarthy completes eight years at the wheel of Scania in Australia.
NEW HORIZONS: Roger McCarthy completes eight years at the wheel of Scania in Australia. Andrew Hobbs

McCarthy's last Brissy show

ROGER McCarthy has always been a presence at the Brisbane Truck Show, presiding over the range of Scania trucks aimed at various niche markets, the very green Euro VI at the 2015 show come to mind.

But after eight years, Mr McCarthy will attend the Brisbane Truck Show for the last time as Australia's head honcho, but he's not leaving the Swedish company entirely.

He will stand down as managing director, with effect from July 1, 2017.

Mikael Jansson will take up the position as managing director from July.

Mr Jansson joins Scania Australia from Scania in Sweden where he held the position of senior vice-president and head of parts and service, Scania CV AB.

He joined Scania in 1984 and now takes on Australia.

Mr McCarthy warmly welcomed Mr Jansson to Scania Australia, and reflected that over the past eight years the company has undergone a substantial change in direction and doubled its share of the heavy vehicle market.

"We have embraced the world of vehicle optimisation and driver data as a means of offering customers the potential to improve their bottom lines, and through the over-arching Scania Total Transport Solution product portfolio, we have transitioned the brand from being purely the supplier of premium quality vehicle hardware to being a complete transport solutions provider, a genuine partner with our customers,” Mr McCarthy said.

In the first four months of 2017, Scania truck deliveries reached an all-time high of 221 vehicles (up 76% on the same period in 2016), with a year-to-date market share of 6.8, while 2014 and 2016 truck deliveries of well in excess of 700 vehicles were a far cry from the level Mr McCarthy inherited in 2009.

McCarthy has built profitability steadily and claimed niche markets.
McCarthy has built profitability steadily and claimed niche markets.

"While I am moving on from my role and therefore no longer playing a part in the day-to-day operations of the business, I am to remain a non-executive director of the Scania Australia board,” he said.

"I will be taking on further non-executive board positions across a number of key Scania growth markets in Asia and Oceania as well as some European markets.”

"When I came to the role in Australia it was the start of a journey of genuine stability and growth for the company, and despite the dislocation of the GFC, we have been able to build solid foundations for the business to ensure we service and support our valued customers throughout Australia.

"I am now vacating the driving seat in favour of my colleague Mr. Mikael Jansson. I am very confident we have in place a robust management structure, in both retail sales and services, as well as from the distributor/Dealer Support Centre perspective that will ensure the business continues to thrive in this market,” Mr. McCarthy said.

"I would like to wish Mikael, the Scania Australia management team, our existing customers and the ever-growing number of new customers of the Scania brand, every success in the future,” Mr. McCarthy said.

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