Great Dane Chief Executive Officer Bill Crown plans to step away from his role as CEO, the company reported.
Effective January 1, Dean Engelage, Great Dane’s president, will succeed Crown as the company’s CEO. Engelage’s appointment is part of a managed executive transition coordinated by Crown, the Great Dane executive leadership team and Great Dane’s ownership.
“It has been a privilege to serve Great Dane as CEO over the past 25 years, where both our internal team and our customers feel like family,” Crown said in a statement. “Dean and I have worked closely together, and Dean has been a terrific leader and President for Great Dane. I step aside with confidence that Great Dane is in good and capable hands."
Among Engelage’s and his team’s accomplishments, Crown cited Great Dane’s becoming “the safest company” in the trailer industry for associates, and their elevating quality to the “highest levels” the company’s history.
“I am honored to accept my new role as CEO of Great Dane,” Engelage said. “I look forward to working with our dedicated team to further the company’s market leadership and equip our customers for the future, while maintaining the first-class customer experience they expect from us.”
Additionally, Great Dane has named Rick Mullininx to succeed Engelage as president and chief operating officer, also effective January 1, 2023. Mullininx has been with Great Dane for 40 years and served in various engineering and manufacturing roles within Great Dane for all that time making him one of the company’s most senior and valued associates.
Most recently, he served as executive vice president of engineering. In this role, he is responsible for product design, production engineering, manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, and customer service, leading those teams with his vast knowledge and experience.
“Great Dane is an exceptional company and I take on this new position with excitement and humility,” said Mullininx. “Great Dane’s legacy is a customer-focused approach during every interaction and at every stage of production, providing exceptional equipment that performs well under the most challenging conditions. I’m honored to be part of a legacy that is family-oriented yet future-focused.”