Daimler Vehicles NA names new CEO


John O’Leary, DTNA

The Board of Administration of Daimler Truck AG has appointed John O’Leary (60) as the subsequent President and CEO of Daimler Vehicles North America (DTNA) with its manufacturers Freightliner Vehicles, Western Star Vehicles, Thomas Constructed Buses, Freightliner Customized Chassis Company and Detroit Diesel Company.

Efficient April 1, 2021 O’Leary follows Roger Nielsen (60), who retires efficient April 30, 2021 after 35 years within the firm, the final 4 years as its president and CEO.

John O’Leary began at DTNA with Freightliner in 2000. After establishing inner transformation-processes, he led the US faculty bus enterprise because the President and CEO of Thomas Constructed Buses. From 2010, O´Leary was the senior vice chairman for the Aftermarket enterprise earlier than changing into the CFO of DTNA in 2012 underneath then president Martin Daum (2009-2017) and Roger Nielsen (2017 to 2020). Since September 2020, John O’Leary has been the Chief Transformation Officer for Mercedes-Benz Vehicles in Germany, laying the muse for its transformation and profitability enchancment. On this function he additionally led the Mercedes-Benz Truck group till the beginning of Karin Radström in February 2021.

“John O’Leary has greater than 20 years of expertise at DTNA and is aware of the North American business automobile enterprise like no different. As CFO of DTNA and recently as Chief Transformation Officer of Mercedes-Benz Vehicles he has confirmed that his expertise and data make him simply the precise individual to efficiently lead DTNA into the longer term,” says Martin Daum, President and CEO of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Administration Daimler AG.

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Roger Nielsen has been the President and CEO of DTNA since April 1, 2017. Underneath his management he began a number of buyer trials with the Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 and launched the Thomas Constructed Buses Jouley faculty bus to pave the best way to CO2-neutral transport at DTNA. As well as, he renewed the Western Star product lineup and the vocational truck enterprise and made DTNA probably the most profitable truck OEM within the U.S.

Martin Daum: “I want to lengthen my heartfelt gratitude to Roger Nielsen for his dedication to the success of DTNA and his profitable positioning of our manufacturers Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Constructed Buses. Apart from his ardour for our enterprise and unprecedented buyer orientation, he’s the embodiment of accountable folks management.”

Roger Nielsen started his profession in 1986 as a Freightliner manufacturing engineer accountable for wiring harness testing, adopted by administration positions in manufacturing, supply-chain-management and as Chief Working Officer from 2001 to 2016.


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