CNH leader rolls out new era

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CNH Industrial Australia and New Zealand agriculture managing director Brandon Stannett.
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CNH Industrial has announced a restructure of its agricultural machinery business in Australia and New Zealand, with the appointment of a new leader across the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands.

Brandon Stannett has been appointed the company’s managing director of agriculture for the company’s Australia and New Zealand portfolios.

He has assumed responsibility for CNH Industrial’s agriculture segment from Michele Lombardi, in a new position created as part of a global restructure announced in January.

Before taking on the agriculture segment, he was leading CNH Industrial Capital for Australia and New Zealand for the past four years, as his role as managing director of the company.

CNH Industrial has also revealed changes to its organisational structure across the five segments of its operations, which the company has spruiked as a way to “become closer to its customers, streamline decision-making processes and encourage faster and more market-focused innovations”.

Mr Stannett has been leading CNH Industrial’s captive finance business in Australia and New Zealand for the past four years, experience he said offered the advantage of a strong knowledge of the local market.

“It’s certainly an advantage already knowing the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture teams and having those existing relationships, and I look forward to the opportunities this new structure offers both brands, our dealers and our customers,” he said.

“Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority.

“The local agriculture sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and reinvigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies.”

Mr Stannett said CNH Industrial, through Case IH and New Holland agriculture brands, were global leaders in the agricultural equipment and products sector.

“They are always looking to the future with advances such as automation, connectivity and alternative fuels that will be the foundations for the next generation of advances in farm productivity and efficiency,” he said.

“This restructure has come about because our industry is experiencing a period of accelerated change — automation and digital technology being key examples — so we need to make the changes that will secure our reputation for innovation and excellence into 2020 and beyond.

“I’m privileged to be leading this process across Australia and New Zealand for CNH Industrial and know that we have the teams in place with the knowledge, passion and foresight to make some real differences where it matters: innovative products and market-leading agricultural solutions.”

Mr Stannett has a strong financial background and worked in senior roles in some of Australia’s largest banks.

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