Major restructuring at Hino
There has been a major restructuring in the senior management of Hino South Africa (SA). This is in line with Toyota Motor Corporation’s global policy of staff rotation among its senior management.
Casper Kruger, who has been the Hino vice president for the past five years and was instrumental in rolling out the change in name from Toyota South Africa (SA) Trucks to Hino SA, has relinquished his position at Hino SA.
According to Calvyn Hamman, senior vice president at Toyota SA – sales and marketing, Kruger has returned to Toyota SA Motors as vice president of vehicle sales and dealer development for passenger vehicles and light commercials.
Ernest Trautmann, who was previously general manager of sales and dealer network at Toyota SA, has taken over the position of vice president of Hino SA, from April 1. Although Trautmann will have overall responsibility for the Hino operation in South Africa, his focus will be on strategic and future planning.
Pieter Klerck, formerly senior manager for advertising at Toyota SA, is now general manager – sales and dealer network at Hino SA. His new position will include parts, service and customer relations, thus making him, in effect, operational head for Hino SA.
“We believe that splitting responsibilities at Hino in this manner will be beneficial, in that it will ensure there are two people to share the load, which will result in even better service for the dealers and their customers,” concludes Hamman.