Each of the two new Volvo Account Managers bring a wide range of skills and experience to their regions. Simon Wilson (pictured left), responsible for customers in the lower North Island territory, and Vijay Chhagn covering Auckland, are both seasoned transport industry professionals with 50 years’ experience between them.
Simon started his career as a Grade A diesel mechanic. He joined Truckstops Palmerston North and quickly moved up to workshop foreman before changing roles to become the first technical rep for Hino Distributors NZ. His time with Hino included problem-solving technical issues for customers and passing on the latest technical advances from Japan to the New Zealand Hino service network. Simon became Hino’s technical manager and went on to manage the technical and warranty department and oversee the mod centre.
Vijay came from a machinery background, having completed his heavy diesel apprenticeship. He then went on to fill sales roles for the Isuzu and Mercedes Benz truck franchises. Both Simon and Vijay understand the importance of ensuring customers get the best out of their investment in a premium truck. Their mechanical expertise supports the fine-tuning of custom specifications to offer the best solution across every transport industry application.
“Customers will get real value from the depth of knowledge that Simon and Vijay bring to the team,” commented Scott. “Their truck industry experience gives them both a clear understanding of customer needs during the sales and aftersales period. We’re very pleased to add them to our team.”
Scott also has changed roles within Volvo Trucks, taking on the Fleet Account Manager role earlier this year, looking after some of New Zealand’s largest transport and logistics businesses.