Incumbent Healy to move to New Holland Agriculture arm.
Michael May will lead Iveco Trucks Australia and New Zealand as managing director after a leadership shift by parent company CNH Industrial.
He joins Iveco after a 20-year career with Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific, where he was most recently Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus director.
May will succeed Bruce Healy, who held the position since 2018 and will now become brand leader of CNH’s farm machinery firm, New Holland Agriculture.
“With a background in engineering and after-sales and having been dealer principal of two Melbourne-based Daimler truck dealerships, Mr May brings extensive leadership and industry expertise to Iveco,” the company notes.
Healy was also previously a brand leader with Iveco sister brand Case IH and the move will take him back towards the farm machinery industry.
“The last two years, working closely with Iveco staff and the dealer network, have been tremendously satisfying,” Healy said.
“I believe we’ve laid the foundation for an exciting future and whilst I’m disappointed that I won’t be around to further contribute to our performance, I’m excited by the challenge and responsibility of leading New Holland into the future.”
Iveco notes May joins “at an exciting time” with the recent introduction of the heavy-duty Stralis X-Way truck range and the on-going success of the Daily van light-duty models, with “further key product actions planned for 2020”.
The appointments of Healy and May will take effect, on a transitional basis, from early 2020.
In terms of role positioning, industry sources indicate a successsor to May at Daimler on the truck side of the business is unclear at this early stage. The bus department will remain as is, though, with senior manager Mercedes-Benz Buses Mehmet Karal (pictured above, right) reporting directly to CEO Daniel Whitehead until further notice.