Catering to the needs of a diverse range of industry sectors with an unrivalled range of products, services, and expertise, Manheim Australia and New Zealand is a leading player in the automobile and industrial auction space. Backed by Manheim Worldwide, a subsidiary of US-based Cox Enterprises, the business has set the standard for buying and selling vehicles at auction.
Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand Campbell Jones has been a member of the Manheim team for more than two decades. He started with the company when it was a small, family-owned operation called Fowles Auction Group in Melbourne and fell in love with the buzz and excitement of the auctioneering world. His entry-level position was transport coordinator for the salvage division, and within a year he had the opportunity to move to Brisbane as the business expanded, buying out a small enterprise in the sunny capital. That site grew to become the largest auction provider in that market and opened up prospects for further expansion throughout the state.
We managed to take that business from start to market leader within three to four years, Campbell recalls. Once that had grown, then the company asked me to take on another division, the car auction business. I did that for a couple of years, grew that, and then in 2000 was asked to be the general manager of Queensland.
After eight years in the GM role, Campbell relocated back to Melbourne with his family and took on a national position, joining the executive leadership team and running the salvage business across Australia. He was promoted to chief operating officer and then, in December last year, appointed as managing director for Australia and New Zealand.