Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) has announced a recent change at its parent company in Japan. Marc Llistosella has succeeded Albert Kirchmann as head of Daimler Trucks Asia as well as president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp. (MFTBC), the parent company of MFTA.
According to the company, Llistosella had been responsible for the market entry of Daimler Trucks in India, leading the setup of a greenfield organization, the construction of a production plant and the successful development of the new brand BharatBenz. In August 2014, he joined MFTBC as a senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer care with responsibility for the entire MFTBC product portfolio. Llistosella joined Daimler (then known as Daimler-Benz AG) in 1994 and held various management positions in sales and strategy for the company, Mitsubishi said.
Kirchmann will remain with the company and has moved to become chairman of DTA and MFTBC to further consult and support and represent Daimler on a political level in Japan, the company stated.
“Dr. Albert Kirchmann was a strong leader who brought MFTBC successfully through the disruptions and perturbations caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and has fostered a successful profitability strategy in his time at the helm of our parent, MFTBC,” said Todd Bloom, president and CEO of MFTA. “We wish him well, even as we look forward to the fresh, dynamic leadership from Marc Llistosella. He has already shown a keen insight into the specific challenges and opportunities of the North American medium-duty truck market, and has promised to continue providing the resources and strategic dedication required for us to grow our market share.”
In taking on the position, Llistosella said, “I believe in the power of this organization and I am grateful that I have the honor to lead this team. And I must specifically thank my predecessor, Albert Kirchmann; I am taking over a financially healthy company with five years of continuous worldwide sales growth. We will all focus on continuing that upward trend while expanding our product portfolio.”