Boyden's Leadership Series Features Daimler’s Daniel Whitehead and Kirstin Hoskin
Boyden, a global leader in executive search, released a new issue of its Leadership Series, featuring Daniel Whitehead, Managing Director, Daimler Truck & Bus Australia/New Zealand and Kirstin Hoskin, Dealer Principal, Daimler Trucks Melbourne.
In the interview, Mr Whitehead and Ms Hoskin discuss why downturns create positive leadership opportunities, management skills in the truck and bus sector, diversity initiatives and the rewards of giving women an equal chance, and selling Daimler to the next generation of talent.
“Daniel is a talented leader, who brings a wealth of industry experience and a deep understanding of how his business needs to adapt to keep up with customer demands that will transform the transport and logistics industry,” said Jacqueline Lehmann, Partner of Boyden Australia/New Zealand. “In response to these challenges, both Kirstin and Daniel have successfully tapped into one of the most overlooked organizational assets – diversity and inclusion to develop talent and build their management teams to maximize performance opportunities.”
Mr Whitehead is the Managing Director of Daimler Truck & Bus Australia/New Zealand operations, responsible for overseeing all departments within the Daimler Truck & Bus Business Unit, incorporating Freightliner Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Buses, Fuso Truck & Bus, Own Retail, Parts, Homologation, Engineering & Certification, Dealer Development, Marketing, and Controlling & Finance. He is also a member of the Board of Management of the operating entity Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd.
Mr Whitehead returned to Australia in 2014 to take up the Managing Director position following 10 years working in China and Hong Kong as executive vice president, After-Sales for Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Services Co. Ltd. In addition he sat on the Executive Management Committee for Daimler’s China operations.
Ms Hoskin heads up DTB’s Melbourne-based factory owned dealership, representing the full brand portfolio of Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso. After joining Mercedes-Benz New Zealand Ltd. in 2012 in a human resource management capacity, she was promoted into senior management and relocated to Australia in 2013. With prior experience in retail sales and experience in the bus industry, Ms Hoskin took on the business partnering role for Daimler Truck & Bus, where she was responsible for all aspects of their employee relations, talent management, recruitment and organisational development needs.
The full interview with Daniel Whitehead and Kirstin Hoskin, including a sidebar interview with Boyden’s Jacqueline Lehmann on Australia’s management market are available here.
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