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Paccar Australia announces new managing director

Damian Smethurst to take over from outgoing MD Andrew Hadjikakou on May 8


Truck manufacturer Paccar Australia has announced the appointment of Damian Smethurst as its new managing director who will officially take charge on Monday May 8.

Smethurst has been with Paccar Australia for 25 years, holding leadership positions including director of operations, chief engineer and most recently general manager Paccar Parts Australia.

PACCAR Australia manufactures Australian made Kenworth trucks, but also imports and assembles the leading European DAF brand.

Smethurst succeeds outgoing managing director Andrew Hadjikakou, who Paccar says is leaving to begin the next phase of his life outside of Paccar and the road transport industry.

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Smethurst acknowledged the great work and vision of his predecessor.

“Andrew has worked tirelessly throughout his eight years leading Paccar Australia. He has championed many critical initiatives including our recent $50M factory expansion and leaves the business in excellent shape.

“I am honored to have been entrusted with leading this amazing business. My focus is firmly on the people – our staff, our dealers, and suppliers – who make this organisation what it is, and on our customers, who are the reason for our existence,” Smethurst says.

“I am excited about supporting and empowering our teams, to foster a culture of operational excellence and innovation, and strengthening our relationships with customers across Australia and New Zealand.”

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