MAN welcomes back Geoff du Plessis
Following a few months of management restructuring, MAN Truck & Bus South Africa today afforded the media the opportunity to get acquainted with its new executive chairman, Geoff du Plessis; following his appointment to the position on August 1. Du Plessis returns to the company following a five-year stint in Europe – his last assignment being that of senior vice-president of MAN Truck & Bus AG, responsible for business units.
Du Plessis’s appointment falls in line with the company’s globalisation programme and long-term strategy dubbed Vision 2020. The programme aims to significantly increase the organisation’s market share in the emerging BRICS economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
MAN says that integral to Vision 2020 is its commitment to enhancing “customer proximity”; by shifting operational and entrepreneurial responsibility to the interface with the customer. This will further reinforce swift decision-making at the point-of-sale in all MAN sales regions around the world, thereby improving service delivery and overall customer satisfaction.
The executive board realignment at MAN South Africa will help the local company achieve this goal. Working alongside Du Plessis is CEO Bruce Dickson (who now heads up both the truck and bus divisions) and CFO Max Heller.
“We live in interesting times and exciting developments are happening at MAN right now.Bruce, Max and I will lead our company in a spirit of close co-operation and communication to better serve our customers,” says Du Plessis.
“I am fortunate to have been exposed to MAN’s operational benchmarks in Europe and, knowing MAN in South Africa, can apply them to our local operation in a realistic manner.” Du Plessis notes that the evolution of MAN’s management approach in South Africa has been fruitful and that the company is now more competitive than ever.
“With this streamlined agility we’re looking forward to bringing to market a complete transport solution with a full suite of services at a fixed CPK, and doing it in a way that keeps our customers coming back for more,” he concludes.