Showing that its presence is felt worldwide, Mack Trucks finished 2009 as the leading exporter of heavy-duty trucks from North America. The company said it held 30.8% of the market share of vehicles shipped outside the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
“International sales continue 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 vp, international. “Our products have a strong reputation as the epitome of rugged, tough and reliable American-style trucks.”
The company said it has made several strategic moves to continue to grow its worldwide presence, including several recent executive appointments. In addition, as it sees the demand for American-styled trucks grow in many countries, particularly in the construction and heavy-haul applications, Mack has been able to tap the global expertise of its parent company, the Volvo Group.
Volvo has helped Mack’s growth through infrastructure, logistics and dealer support as well as helping expand financing opportunities. Another key, the company said, is that many of Mack’s trucks complement Volvo Construction Equipment’s business, allowing customers to fill all their needs through one company.
Several executives have been added to Mack’s team, as well. Eduardo Herrera was named region vp-Latin America. Herrera joined Mack Trucks Venezuela in 1986, and served as corporate treasurer and gm of finance. In 1999 he became gm 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 vp for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East (EAME), responsible for optimizing the company’s established distribution. He brings 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.
Govi Kannan was named vp-business development & strategy. With a background of commercial, strategic and operational skills in the international construction industry, Kannan joins Mack after 10 years with Volvo Construction Equipment in Singapore, South Korea and North Carolina.
The company also named Guilherme Blaschke vp-international aftermarket, responsible for the development of aftermarket products and services. Blaschke has more than 23 years of experience within the Volvo Group.
Mack Trucks are sold in 45 countries.