Stihl Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia, appointed Murray Bishop to director of sales. Bishop has been with the company for 21 years and was most recently the branch director at Pacific Stihl. In his new position, Bishop will manage the continued growth of the brand and be responsible for product sales and distribution in the U.S.
He succeeds Steve Meriam, who retired after a 35-year career with Stihl.
“I am pleased to welcome Murray Bishop back to Virginia Beach in his new role,” says Nick Jiannas, vice president of sales and marketing at Stihl Inc. “His breadth of operational experience coupled with his knowledge and understanding of our dealer network and product range will serve him well as we plan future growth opportunities for Stihl and Stihl dealers.”
“I’m looking forward to building on Stihl’s history of success,” says Bishop. “As we grow the business we will continue to deliver the quality products and services that Stihl dealers have always relied on, while also developing new sales opportunities through innovative product launches and enhanced sales channels.”
Bishop began his career with Stihl in 1999 as manager of finished goods. Since then, he has served as warehouse operations manager, senior manager of export and logistics, and director of information services. In 2017, Bishop assumed his most recent role as branch director at Pacific Stihl where he was responsible for leading and managing the sales, distribution and service of all products, parts and accessories at the company-owned branch, as well as the advertising and marketing plans for the territory, which includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam.