Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR) announced that John Slawson has been named president of the Spartan Emergency Response business unit.
Slawson, 49, most recently served as the President and CEO of Horton Emergency Vehicles, a market-leading manufacturer of ambulances in North America and a member company of Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV). Prior to joining Horton in 2011, Slawson was the President and Equity Partner of U.S. Tanker Fire Apparatus LLC.
Slawson was previously the President of Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, a manufacturer of command and law enforcement vehicles, and Director of Dealer Development and Distribution for Pierce Manufacturing, the largest fire apparatus manufacturer in North America. Slawson's career spans over 25 years, during which he has held executive positions and led teams within many world-class companies.
In his role as President, Spartan Emergency Response, Slawson will assume responsibility for the company's entire emergency response business unit. He succeeds Spartan Emergency Response President Dan Slater.
"We are pleased to attract a proven industry leader like John to Spartan," said Daryl Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Motors. "His skill set is well positioned to accelerate the transformation of our emergency response business and return it to consistent profitability. His track record of relevant industry expertise is a clear differentiator as he has considerable experience with strategy development and successful operating execution in the fire apparatus business."