PERSONNEL IN PROFILE
Komatsu shines a spotlight on Komatsu Australia National Business Manager Quarries Construction Division, Richard Feehely.
Relatively new to the Komatsu business, Richard Feehely has been entrenched in the earthmoving equipment industry for over 10 years.
At 29 years of age he brings fresh energy and genuine enthusiasm to the position, coupled with significant experience in the sector.
Managing Komatsu's quarry and construction business across Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Richard's remit encompasses top and bottom line responsibility for sales of Komatsu's range of rigid dump trucks, articulated dump trucks and wheel loaders.
Richard manages stock levels and specifying for builds for several domestic markets to ensure there are sufficient machines on the ground, and in the country, to deliver to customers and get out to work.
Also falling into Richard's care is product development and the preparation and implementation of local marketing plans, customer agreements and policy. With full oversight of market intelligence and price positioning, he also directs internal and customer-facing product training.
"Straight out of school I was onto the tools," Richard says. "I worked in sales and then parts and service, before moving into the marketing and plant manager role here at Komatsu.
"It's a great job; Komatsu is a great company to work for. I enjoy the product, and I am passionate about the earth moving and construction industry, and about the gear itself, so the experience so far has been really good.
"Komatsu's equipment is by far the industry standard in my opinion," Richard says.
In late 2014, Richard led the roll-out of the HM400-3 articulated dump truck.
As an earthmoving equipment enthusiast Richard is particularly passionate about its unrivalled ability to cut customer fuel costs while delivering increased productivity.
"It's a true 40-tonne truck, so we deliver more capacity, but though the modular Dantotsu Komatsu Traction Control System we have reduced fuel consumption, so it has a big impact on our customers' day to day business," Richard says.