Hino Trucks names McDowell senior VP/sales, customer support

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Hino Trucks announced the appointment of Robert McDowell as senior vice president of sales and customer support. McDowell succeeds Dominick Vermet, who will return to a position with a stakeholder of Hino Trucks. McDowell’s new position will become effective Sept. 21 in which he will be reporting directly to Sumio Fukaya, president and chief executive officer.

McDowell will oversee the company’s sales, parts and service efforts in the market to increase Hino’s overall U.S. presence. He brings to Hino Trucks a wealth of knowledge and experience in the medium-duty truck market from his previous employment with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, where during his 23 years with the company he progressed through various key field and corporate positions to become president and chief executive officer. Prior employments include IVECO Truck of North America.

“Hino Trucks appreciates Nick’s contribution over the past four years in leading the sales and service organization, and we wish him the best in his new role,” Fukaya says. “We welcome Bob to Hino Trucks and look forward to working with him as part of our team. The tremendous experience in the industry he will bring to the organization will be a great asset. Although market conditions have been very challenging in our sector, with the announcement of our 2010 EPA-compliant trucks, Hino Trucks is poised to continue its growth and become a larger player in the industry.”