The Toro APAC regions of Australia and Asia Pacific have both grown to record levels over the last few years. Both areas now require and deserve an additional focus, with an increased product portfolio, channel portfolio and different go-to-market strategies. As a result, Toro Australia is announcing some leadership changes at the company.
Richard Walne, Managing Director, APAC, will transition his focus to the Asia Pacific region. The Asian marketplace has had significant growth, particularly in the golf segment, where new construction and renovation activity have reached an all-time high. Walne will lead the Asian team and is looking to increase on Toro’s service levels to customers and further support Toro’s distributor partners in the region. The regional Manufacturing and Engineering functions will continue to be overseen by Walne’s leadership.
Walne has been with The Toro Company since 1979, holding sales and marketing positions in Europe and the United States and, from 1991, within the Asia region. He was based in Singapore for more than 10 years during this time. He has also served as a founding member and, later, President of the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF). Walne has overseen the growth and expansion of Toro Australia since the 1996 acquisition of James Hardie Irrigation.
Laurence Bingham, Senior Director, Australia will now assume overall responsibilities for the Australian business.
Bingham has been with Toro for 23 years, and has been an integral member of the Executive Management Team in Australia. His tenure has covered vast portfolios within the business, managing marketing, sales, service, logistics and channel strategy for the Australian region. He has done so for numerous customer groups including DIY/homeowners, landscape contractors, construction dealers, professional golf and grounds accounts, agricultural farmers and more.
Bingham’s dedication and personable approach have made him a successful leader within the organisation. He has a focus and passion to drive future growth of the company through delivering outstanding customer experiences.