This year’s CV Show marked the imminent retirement as well as the recent arrival of two well-known industry heavyweights at Isuzu Truck.
Current sales director Richard Draycott has decided to retire from ITUK at the end of July 2014 with the timing marking the 50th anniversary of the day he first began in the truck industry with Bedford Trucks.
Concurrently, Richard’s long-term successor, Richard Waterworth has joined Isuzu Truck UK in the position of head of sales, directly reporting into Richard Draycott, until his retirement.
Commenting on the impending retirement of Draycott, Pete Murphy, managing director at ITUK said: "For the past 12 and a half years, Richard has utilised all of his considerable experience and expertise gained within the industry to great effect in his position as sales director here at Isuzu Truck.
"In that time, he has built up an incredibly successful and professional sales department that has positively influenced both customers and dealers alike.
"In his retirement he can certainly reflect that his area of the business is absolutely at the top of its game."
Stepping into Draycott’s shoes later this year will be Waterworth, who is well known within the commercial vehicle industry, having spent the last five years as sales manager at one of the top-selling ITUK dealerships, Warrington Vehicle Centre.
Waterworth joined ITUK on April 22 and will work closely with Draycott until the latter's retirement in July.
In addition to promoting and selling the Isuzu product for the last five years, Richard Waterworth has a great deal of experience with both retail and fleet customers having managed sales teams from within both the DAF and Iveco dealer networks for many years.
“With Richard Waterworth’s proven knowledge of the Isuzu product as well as his considerable dealer sales expertise, he joins ITUK at a really exciting time," added Murphy.
"With Isuzu launching its Euro VI truck range at the CV Show and continuing to expand its dealer sales network, this will enable Richard to hit the ground running in his new role, as the company continues on its planned expansion programme."