Joe Durkan of Leeds, West Yorkshire-based JDS Trucks & Vans and Ben Rogers of Sparks Commercial Services, based in Swindon, Wiltshire, are among the 18 heavy vehicle technicians from across the UK now preparing for next month’s round of a skills competition which will culminate this year at the World Skills UK show in November at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
The 18 have won through to the July “national qualifier” event (a semi-final, in effect) from an initial entry this year of 144.
He has moved to a similar post at another Volkswagen group division, the one responsible for vans and light commercial vehicles.Since January, MAN Truck & Bus sales and marketing has been the responsibility of chief executive Joachim Drees, to whom Mr Nyberg will report from September.“Göran Nyberg’s knowledge of the industry spans a number of years and, along with his international experience and clear customer focus, makes him a real asset to our management team,” says Mr Drees.Mr Nyberg, 57, has a background in engineering and has worked for Volvo Group since 2003.He was managing director of its UK truck and bus sales and marketing operation between 20, before moving to the group’s top job in North America.The UK’s biggest bus fleet operator, First Group, is facing an uncertain future following a huge full-year financial loss, the sudden departure of chief executive Tim O’Toole, and a share price plunge.
Mr O’Toole succeeded Sir Moir Lockhead as chief executive of Aberdeen-based First Group seven years ago.
He starts the new job on 1 September, taking over from Claes Jacobsson who is returning to his native Sweden, to the Scania head office in Södertälje near Stockholm and a new post, details of which were unclear as was finalised this month.
Mr Jacobsson, 60, has worked for Scania for 19 years, joining the company in Sweden in April 1999 as head of what then was a fledgling financial services division.
He took over from Hans-Christer Holgersson as Scania (Great Britain) managing director in September 2013.
Mr Hay too has worked for Scania for decades, 28 years to be precise, including spells as managing director of what then was the Scantruck dealer group and later as a director of the company’s south-east region.
He was a member of the small team masterminding the introduction over the past two years of Scania’s “new generation” truck range.