Rob Sisk was appointed President and CEO of MTU Detroit Diesel Australia Pty Ltd on 14 February, 2011. He was appointed as the Chairman and member of MTU Detroit Diesel Australia's Board of Directors soon after.
With a comprehensive understanding of the diesel engine market, its challenges and opportunities - both current and emerging - Rob has the professionalism, commitment and proven leadership abilities to deliver results.
Rob relocated to Australia from the United States, where he held leadership roles of steadily increasing responsibility at Detroit Diesel Corporation, Penske Corporation and United Technologies Corporation.
Immediately prior to joining MTU Detroit Diesel Australia, Rob was Senior Vice President at Atlantic Detroit Diesel Allison (ADDA) and had profit and loss responsibility for the off-highway business and operational responsibility for half of the company’s on- and off-highway branch locations.
He restructured ADDA’s off-highway operations with a focus on teamwork, added sales and project management staff, mapped processes and established performance metrics – resulting in significant revenue growth and operational improvements. Under his leadership, ADDA established new all-time product sales records in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and received MTU’s overall “Distributor of the Year” award in 2009.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and completed requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in French, having studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. During his 36-year professional career, he has lived and worked in Indonesia, India, Saudi Arabia, France, the United States and Australia.
Michael Munz Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Michael Munz was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and MTU Detroit Diesel Australia Board member on 4 October 2011, and is an integral part of the company’s long term sustainable business strategy.
Dr. Munz brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in business finance and controlling functions. A qualified mechanical and industrial engineer, Dr Munz has previously held various financial, management and leadership roles with Daimler AG; in Germany and Portugal.
Dr. Munz was most recently CFO and Head of Human Resources and General Administration at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe (a subsidiary company of the Daimler group) and has previously held finance, process reengineering and project management positions with Evo Bus (Daimler Buses).
Dr. Munz holds degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, as well as a PhD in Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany.
John Zappia Chief Supply Chain Officer & Chief Information Officer
Mr. Zappia's tenure with MTU Detroit Diesel Australia spans two decades. He has worked within the company's finance department since 1992, at which time he was Group Financial Controller, and was quickly promoted to Group Commercial Manager. Mr. Zappia oversees the growing HR and IT departments, as well as all procurement and compliance. He is also responsible for all supply change and logistics functions.
He has successfully implemented MTU Detroit Diesel Australia's Nova project, the complete business strategy to improve and maintain best practice level, making it easier for our customers and employees to do business. Mr. Zappia spearheaded the DDAA and MTU-A 2001 merger, as well as MTU Detroit Diesel Australia's 2002 centralisation of all finance functions.
Mr. Zappia is a member of the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia, National Institute of Accountants, as well as Chartered Secretaries Australia.
Prior to his tenure at MTU Detroit Diesel Australia Mr. Zappia held the following positions:
• Company Accountant, Gadsden Rheem Southcorp Pty Ltd • Financial Controller, Australian National Industries.
Jim Livermore Chief Operations Officer
As Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Livermore is responsible for both Eastern and Western Operations, together with technical support and business improvement functions.
He previously managed MTU Detroit Diesel Australia's Eastern Region, and was responsible for the area's AUD$185 million plus revenue portfolio. He continues to spearhead strategies to enhance performance and achieve financial goals for the business. Over his 10 year tenure Mr. Livermore has negotiated multiple repower and maintenance contracts with the largest mining customers in the area.
An active member of the executive team, for several years Mr. Livermore has provided guidance and direction for MTU Detroit Diesel Australia's sustained viability. He is active in developing new marketing and business opportunities that build on customer relationships, while being consistent with MTU Detroit Diesel Australia's vision, mission and guiding values.
Mr. Livermore joined MTU Detroit Diesel Australia in October 2001 as Branch Manager, Hunter Valley and has previously worked for: Komatsu Australia Pty Ltd, General Electric Industrial Systems, Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd.
He holds an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, and is the President NSW Superyacht Industry Association (2009/10).
Geoff Bailey Chief Sales Officer
Mr. Bailey has great experience in the diesel engine industry, having worked in sales, operations and management, since commencing his career with MTU Detroit Diesel Australia in April 1998. Today, he is responsible for all sales strategy, market development, engineering and marketing functions.
His recent work has guided the company through steady growth in the Western region, as well as key areas including rail, mining, construction and industry. Holding a Bachelor of Engineering from Melbourne University, Australia, he has also completed postgraduate studies in International Business at Deakin University, Australia, graduating with a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Mr. Bailey is the Chairman for MTU's International Mining Council (IMC), developing global initiatives to promote MTU's mining business. Further, he has strategic ties within the Western Australian business community.