Managing director of MAN Truck and Bus Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Hartmurt Mueller has stepped down ahead of the cessation of his contract in August this year, starting today.
“It has been an honour to serve and lead MAN Malaysia.Our strong pipeline and the strategies we have implemented have put MAN Malaysia on a strong for the future.
“On the personal side, after five wonderful years in this country, my family is ready to return to Germany.
“With MAN’s world-class products and services, and our people’s broad capabilities, MAN’s customers here can rest assure they will continue to be in good hands,” said Mueller.
Among some of MAN Malaysia’s customers are Mara Liner Sdn Bhd, Lee Ting San Group of Companies and Taipanco Sdn Bhd.
Last year, the company also started the initiative of providing mobile service workshops to customers.
Moving forward, Mueller is hopeful that the market share of European-made trucks in Malaysia will grow to 50 per cent in the next 10 years, from 25 to 30 per cent currently.
“In 10 years, I believe the market will grow quickly because more fleet are looking into good transport management, where they will not talk about the price anymore but solutions.
“As more customers reflect on their cost, thinking it is okay to buy trucks that cheaper trucks are better investment but providing cost efficiency on the operational side, they will then see that European brands provide the best solutions to that,” he said.
62-year old Mueller came on board MAN Malaysia in September 2013.
Prior to that, he has held various positions in MAN including senior vice-president of sales management, senior vice president of international key accounts and chief executive officer for MAN France.
During his time in MAN Malaysia, the company has made strong headway into both corporate and government sectors.
Pending the appointment of a replacement and to ensure a smooth transition, Jerome Wong, General Manager of Sales and Marketing; and Thayalan Subramaniam, Head of Aftersales will assume acting leadership roles.
Spencer Tan, managing director of importer center, MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific said Mueller has shown exceptional leadership during his five year tenure with MAN Malaysia.
“Under his management, the company has seen robust and consistent growth in Malaysia and he has also help positioned the MAN brand prominently amidst a very competitive landscape.
“On behalf of the management team, I want to sincerely thank Mueller for his dedicated service to MAN,” Tan said.