EXPERIENCED automotive trade government David Rodda has joined Renault Australia as gross sales director.
Mr Rodda has labored for some 25 years within the Australian automotive trade, most notably at distribution, retail and logistics specialist Inchcape Australasia – which handles Subaru and PSA Group’s Peugeot and Citroen manufacturers – the place he held a wide range of key positions throughout each OEM and retail operations.
These roles included 4 years as seller principal of the Inchcape-run Subaru dealerships in Melbourne and, over the previous yr, franchise director in command of numerous dealerships within the group throughout Subaru, PSA Group and Trivett Automotive.
In saying his appointment, Renault Australia mentioned this most up-to-date position has seen Mr Rodda lead “the strategic and operational outcomes of as much as 15 retail websites, throughout all aspects of the enterprise together with new and used gross sales, fleet, aftersales, finance and insurance coverage and retail advertising” – expertise will clearly show invaluable within the new position at Renault.
Mr Rodda additionally spent a yr as regional supervisor for Subaru Australia in Queensland, having moved to Inchcape in December 2014 after some four-and-a-half years in the same place with Hyundai Motor Firm Australia, which noticed him primarily based at HMCA’s northern area workplace and answerable for space gross sales throughout metropolitan Brisbane.
Earlier in his profession, Mr Rodda served for Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific in Brisbane for about eight years, three as enterprise improvement supervisor for Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory, and 5 years in retail as a customer support adviser.
He began his profession as an apprentice technician at Toowoomba Holden, working his method up by way of the ranks as a service technician after which customer support adviser.
At Renault Australia, Mr Rodda is charged with “main and driving the gross sales efficiency of the Renault model nationally, with the target of reaching business aims for the enterprise, specifically quantity and revenue aims”.
The corporate has suggested that managing director Anouk Poelmann, who joined in Could and beforehand labored for Inchcape as head of Peugeot Citroen Australia, determined to re-establish the place after a interval of absence.
Ms Poelmann’s predecessor, Andrew Moore, absorbed duty for the position early in 2018 when former gross sales chief Mark Palavestra left the corporate to change into gross sales director of Fiat Chrysler Vehicles (FCA) Australia.
“I’m delighted to welcome David to the Renault Australia household,” Ms Poelmann mentioned in a press release. “David joins Renault Australia at a key time with a brand new enterprise focus and new product line-up – led by the discharge of Kadjar – commencing within the coming months.
“David’s huge expertise in any respect ranges of the dealership panorama in Australia can be a useful asset to Renault Australia and I’m trying ahead to the affect his appointment can have on the Renault model right here in Australia.”
Because the new-vehicle market contracts this yr, Renault’s gross sales have fallen sharply by 24.2 per cent to 5942 items to the tip of September, which is 1894 items fewer than it had posted on the identical level final yr.
The corporate mentioned Mr Rodda will “maintain duty for strategic and operational necessities throughout retail, fleet, used autos and buyer satisfaction in partnership with Renault Australia’s advertising and aftersales divisions”.
For his half, Mr Rodda mentioned: “It is a unbelievable alternative to hitch the Renault Australia crew throughout such an thrilling time for the model.
“I stay up for persevering with to construct robust partnerships with the retail community, collaborate with the chief crew and lead the enterprise administration crew to ship additional success for all stakeholders to satisfy our mutual aims.”