After more than 25 years of association with the KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles brands, current KTM Group General Manager Jeff Leisk has announced that he will be retiring from an active role with the KTM Group at the end of the first quarter next year.
Jeff will leave his role as general manager of KTM Group handing the reins to Brad Hagi who is currently President KTM Southeast Asia. Jeff will remain with the company until the 1st April 2020 to ensure a smooth transition.
A former multiple Australian motocross champion and world ranked number 2 by the FIM in 1988, Jeff moved into the corporate world in the early 1990s and worked with KTM as an ambassador before taking a full-time role within the business in July 2000.
“It has been an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience for me and I am grateful for the support that I have received and the friendships that have been built with our customers, dealers and of course the media” said Jeff.
“Together with the team in Australia and New Zealand, we have established a strong network and an enviable reputation across all segments to become leading brands in the market. I am confident that the KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension brands will continue to grow in this Oceania market under Brad’s leadership. With the recent sale of the business to the KTM Group, it is an appropriate time for me to take a break from the sport and the industry that I have loved and been a part of for the last 45 years. I am very much looking forward to continuing with my passion for motorcycling on a personal level” he said.
Brad Hagi comes to the Oceania market with a wealth of global experience. He started his tenure with the company in the role of Vice President of Sales at KTM North America whilst his most recent roles include President KTM Japan and President KTM Southeast Asia. Brad is currently based in Singapore and will relocate to Sydney early next year.
“I am looking forward to moving to Australia and further developing the KTM Group brands in both the Australian and New Zealand market. An important factor of the success that has been achieved in these markets with the KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension brands is due to the strong relationships that have been built with our dealers and of course our customers, I look forward to continuing this” said Brad.