New boss for Freightliner Australia

End of eight-month hiatus sees experienced hand take helm of US brand

New boss for Freightliner Australia
Stephen Downes led DAF in Australia.


Stephen Downes, the former general manager of sales for Kenworth, has pulled up stumps and joined Freightliner as general manager of the brand in Australia and New Zealand.

The position has been vacant since the brief tenure of US expat Kristy Walker earlier this year.

"Stephen has excellent knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand truck market," Daimler Truck and Bus Australia managing director Daniel Whitehead says.

"Importantly, he is home-grown and therefore able to immediately relate to our customers when discussing product requirements and applications.

"Stephen has both an engineering degree and a commerce degree, and when you combine those with the management and sales experience he has gained over the last decade he is the ideal person to further increase Freightliner’s market share.

 "We are elated that a man of Stephen’s experience, knowledge and expertise has come on board at Freightliner and is a great reflection on our brand and its standing in the market."

Downes has spent the last decade working with Paccar and was until recently general manager of the DAF brand before taking on Kenworth.

Downes will take the wheel of Freightliner from next month.

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