NOVI, Mich. (Feb. 6, 2023) — Hino Trucks announced the appointment of Glenn Ellis to the position of president and chairman of the board for Hino Trucks, effective Feb. 1, 2023. Ellis succeeds Shigehiro Matsuoka, who retired after holding the position for four years, and will become the first U.S.-born president of Hino Trucks. In addition, Ellis will also serve as an officer of Hino Motors Limited, Hino Trucks' parent company.
Ellis joined Hino Trucks in 2004 and has led the efforts to build Hino Trucks' brand in the U.S. market. In his most recent role as senior vice president (SVP) of customer experience, Ellis focused on expanding Hino's dealer network and product offering to include zero-emissions trucks while continuing to grow Hino trucks' market share. During his time as the vice president (VP) of marketing, product development, and dealer operations, Ellis built strong customer loyalty around the company's core philosophy and launched the "Ultimate Ownership Experience."
As president, Ellis will continue to focus on the dealer and customer relationship. Ellis will grow the brand by driving Hino Trucks' product development, adding enhanced technology and innovation, and supporting a faster decision-making process.
Hino Trucks also announced several other organizational changes as part of its overall restructuring to support widening product options and growth in the U.S. Bob Petz, who previously served as SVP of vehicle and parts sales, is appointed chief operating officer (COO) and executive VP. Petz joined Hino Trucks U.S. in 2004. In addition to product development, all sales, parts and service operations will report to Petz in his new role.
John Donato, previously VP of parts operations, will take over as SVP of sales and marketing. This move will allow Hino Trucks to align regional parts, sales, and service cross-functional teams to work toward the same vision with a stronger focus on dealer and customer support, increased productivity, and improved communication.
Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, manufactures, sells and services a lineup of Class 4-8 commercial trucks in the U.S. Hino is developing a full range of zero-emissions vehicles to meet growing customer demand. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino has a nationwide network of over 230 dealers. Visit hino.com.