Last week rumours were circulating about several key sales personnel at MAN Truck & Bus UK having been dismissed. CEO Des Evans issued the following statement:
“I understand there are rumours concerning MAN’s commitment to the UK market, so I would like to take this chance to personally assure customers past, present and future that these are without foundation. While it is a fact we are reviewing the structure of our operations in the light of the economic climate and recent performance, this is entirely an internal matter. The decision to hold a review was communicated to all staff, as you would expect of a company with ‘openness’ as a core value. At the moment, this review is still four weeks from completion: nothing is decided and nobody has been asked to leave. Under these circumstances, I think it a shame anyone should be more interested in spreading inaccurate and alarmist gossip, rather than concentrating positively on the review with us.
“The facts of the matter are, with premium brands in our portfolio, growing product ranges and recent multi-million pound investments in developments such as the EcoCity gas bus and our customer support network, MAN is totally committed to the UK market and our many friends who operate in it. Indeed, our focus is directly on packages and systems to try and help our customers earn more money from operating our brands than any others on the market.
“Once our review is complete we will make the results known immediately to all those with a proper interest.”