YOKOGAWA Australia appointed Russell Palmer as the company’s managing director, replacing John Hewitt who has been appointed managing director of Yokogawa Engineering Asia.

Mr Hewitt was managing director for Yokogawa Australia from 2005-2015.

Mr Palmer has been with Yokogawa Australia for 18 years and held roles from front line engineering sales, to sales and marketing director for Yokogawa Australia and New Zealand – a position he held for 10 years.

The company said during this time, Mr Hewitt saw the company in Australia grow from a small satellite business to a substantial industry player capable of simultaneously providing products and services to the four largest LNG projects seen in Australia.

Mr Palmer will be responsible for the countries stretching from India in the west to New Zealand in the east and Taiwan in the north.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Hewitt said Mr Palmer was a higly regarded local employee with wide ranging local and overseas experience.

“Russell is known for his ability to think strategically and to grow a business. I am very confident that Russell will successfully guide Yokogawa Australia and maximise its future growth potential,” Mr Hewitt added.

Mr Palmer acknowledging Mr Hewitt’s contribution to the company said “[Mr Hewitt was] a successful managing director who left Yokogawa in great shape. John has been a personal mentor to me and I will be indebted to John for the guidance he has provided me over the past ten years.”

Both Mr Hewitt and Mr Palmer commenced their new positions on 1 April 2015.