Leading truck manufacturer and technology company, PACCAR Australia, has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director, Damian Smethurst, who will officially take charge on Monday 8 May 2023.
Damian has been with PACCAR Australia for 25 years and has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility including Director of Operations, Chief Engineer, and most recently General Manager PACCAR Parts Australia, where he has led the parts organisation to consecutive years of record levels of customer support and parts availability.
PACCAR Australia plays a crucial role in today’s heavy duty transport industry. It not only engineers and manufactures Australian made Kenworth trucks, but also imports and assembles the leading European DAF brand, as well as supporting the largest network of aftermarket parts and service, finance, and leasing solutions.
Damian succeeds outgoing Managing Director Andrew Hadjikakou, who leaves to begin the next phase of his life outside of PACCAR and the road transport industry.
Damian acknowledged the great work and vision of his predecessor, “Andrew has worked tirelessly throughout his 8 years leading PACCAR Australia. He has championed many critical initiatives including our recent $50M factory expansion and leaves the business in excellent shape.”
“I am honored to have been entrusted with leading this amazing business. My focus is firmly on the people – our staff, our dealers, and suppliers – who make this organisation what it is, and on our customers, who are the reason for our existence. I am excited about supporting and empowering our teams, to foster a culture of operational excellence and innovation, and strengthening our relationships with customers across Australia and New Zealand.”