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Kenichi Sekine has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Hino Motor Sales Australia.

Chief operating officer, Steve Lotter, has been named president.

It is the first time a local executive has been made president of any of Hino's global affiliate companies.

The appointments have been announced by the world president of Hino Motors Limited, Yoshio Shirai.

Mr Sekine joins Hino Australia from senior positions with Hino in Japan.

He was formerly president of Hino Diesel Trucks in Canada.

He has worked for Hino in the United States and the Middle East.

Mr Lotter has been chief operating officer of HMSA for three years, after a long career with Toyota Motor Sales Australia.

He will retain his current title as well as becoming president.

Current Hino chairman John.H. Conomos AO has retired, completing his three year contract with Hino Australia.

President and CEO Junsuke Ando has returned to a senior position in Japan after five and a half years in Australia.

Mr Shirai paid tribute to the contribution of Mr Conomos and Mr Ando to the development of Hino Australia.

Hino is Australia's second largest heavy commercial vehicle distributor.

It recently moved to number two in light duty sales.


(left to right) President of Hino Australia (outgoing), Junsuke Ando, president of Hino Australia (incoming), Steve Lotter, president of Hino Motors Limited, Yoshio Shirai, chairman of Hino Motors Australia (outgoing) John Conomos AO, and Chairman and Chief Executive of Hino Australia (incoming), Kenichi Sekine.