Mar 19, 2010 - 8 years ago
By Supply Post
Mack Trucks, Inc. finished 2009 as the leading exporter of heavy-duty North American trucks. Mack had nearly one-third of total truck exports from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to countries outside North America, with a 30.8% market share.
Mack has made strategic moves to strongly grow its presence in new and existing markets around the world, and to satisfy the desire for American-style trucks in many countries. This demand is particularly strong for construction and heavy-haul applications, and Mack is well-positioned to meet this demand via its extensive product range and access to the infrastructure of its parent company, the Volvo Group. “International sales continues to be an area of opportunity and growth for Mack as we strengthen our presence in established markets, such as Latin America and Australia, and grow elsewhere, such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Ron Huibers, Mack senior vice president, international. “Our products have a strong reputation as the epitome of rugged, tough and reliable American-style trucks.”
Mack’s ability to draw upon the Volvo Group’s existing global infrastructure, with efficient logistics, strong dealers and expanded customer financing, is an important advantage in entering new markets. In addition, Mack’s products complement the offerings of other Volvo Group business areas, such as Volvo Construction Equipment – a customer already purchasing construction equipment from VCE might also operate dump trucks or equipment transporters. Mack International recently appointed several executives as key members of its team to support these opportunities.
Eduardo Herrera was named region vice president Latin America. Herrera joined Mack Trucks Venezuela in 1986, and served as corporate treasurer and general manager of finance. In 1999 he became general manager of the Eastern Area for Mack Trucks Venezuela. He moved to the U.S. in 2004 as director of international sales support and operations.
Peter Hertinge was named region vice president for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East (EAME). He is responsible for optimizing the company’s established distribution, while also establishing Mack in selected new markets and segments. He has 12 years experience with Volvo Group, most recently responsible for Mack in Australia where he was president of Volvo Group Australia from 2004 until 2009. Prior to that, Hertinge was plant manager of Volvo Trucks’ operation in Umea, Sweden.
Govi Kannan was named vice president business development & strategy. He brings a strong background of commercial, strategic and operational skills in the international construction industry. Previously, Kannan spent 10 years with Volvo Construction Equipment in Singapore, South Korea and North Carolina. He has engineering degrees from the National University of Singapore, and a PhD from Virginia Tech in Construction Engineering & Management.
Guilherme Blaschke was named vice president, international aftermarket. He is responsible for the development of aftermarket products and services. Blaschke has more than 23 years of experience within the Volvo Group, most recently responsible for developing distributors in Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America for Volvo Truck’s International Division. Blaschke has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Universidade Federal do Paraná and post-graduate degrees in industrial management from Faculdade Católica de Administração e Economia, and business management from Fundação Don Cabral, all located in Brazil.
Herrera, Blaschke and Kannan are based in Greensboro, N.C. at Mack World Headquarters. Hertinge is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ever since the Mack AC model saw service in Europe during World War I, Mack has been an internationally recognized truck manufacturer. MACK® trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries.