Isuzu Australia CEO and industry commentator to retire

Phil Taylor, Isuzu Australia's long-running CEO, has called time on a successful career with the Japanese truck manufacturer

Isuzu Australia CEO and industry commentator to retire
Soon-to-be-retired Isuzu CEO Phil Taylor


Isuzu Australia (IAL) has announced that director and CEO Phil Taylor, will retire from the company, effective February 28.

Taylor’s journey with IAL began in Queensland in the early 1990s leading to his taking on several roles in fleet and retail sales and worked to grow the breadth and reach of Isuzu’s Queensland dealer network.

Taylor eventually made the move to a national position based at Isuzu’s Port Melbourne head office 18 years ago.

"With an eminent career spanning 28 years at IAL, Taylor’s vision for improved performance combined with a passion for great product has seen IAL’s unshakeable position as the top-selling truck brand in Australia – making him one of the most successful and formidable leaders in a hyper-competitive industry," IAL says.

"Taylor’s guidance has always been complemented by an efficient leadership team in Melbourne, steering IAL through many triumphs and milestones.

"Most recently, this includes IAL’s unprecedented domination as national truck market leader for 30 consecutive years."

Read Steve Brooks’s examination of Taylor’s successful career with Isuzu

The man himself pays tribute to those who helped him and the company along the way.

"Every successful business is only as good as the people behind it. The position IAL finds itself in now is the result of many incredible minds, whose commitment to the company’s vision is the reason for our long-term success," Taylor says.

"I leave this industry at a time of great change. Technology is set to dominate the automotive industry in ways we never thought possible and I am comfortable that IAL has the firm plans in place to capitalise on the anticipated change it will bring.

"For mine, it’s teamwork that will remain a key factor in continuing to strengthen IAL into the future.

"I’ve been fortunate to work alongside some amazing colleagues, friends and also some tough foes in my time. It’s been a hell of ride, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity."

IAL MD Hiroko Yaguchi regards Taylor’s leadership as one that has bolstered IAL’s presence both locally and on the world stage.

"Phil’s tenure with IAL can quite rightly be described as world-class. He’s helped to elevate the brand in Australia into an operation the rest of the Isuzu world looks to for best practice on a number of fronts," she says.

"Phil’s ability to read the market, its people and customers is nothing short of extraordinary. He leaves behind an exemplary record and legacy. He’ll be sorely missed."  


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