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People and Positions October 2023

Nov. 1, 2023
Each month, Trailer/Body Builder recognizes notable promotions and transitions for folks in the industry. Here's the most recent entries for October

Many organizations honored achievement and recognized new talent with hirings and promotions throughout the month of October.

Truck, trailer, and body OEMs

Patrick Macdonald-King has been appointed as the chief executive officer of Greenlane, Daimler Truck North America, NextEra Energy Resources, and BlackRock’s Climate Infrastructure’s business. Macdonald-King previously served as president and CEO of EV Connect and the CEO of DAX in his over 30-year-long career.

Morgan Olson has hired Joe Rudolph as the company’s newest vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role, Rudolph will lead the sales, support, and customer success teams and drive top and bottom-line impacts. His previous roles in the industry included executive positions at ROUSH CleanTech and Mickey Truck Bodies.

Shane Michelson has accepted a position as director of sales at XL Specialized Trailers, bringing his background in engineering and sales within the heavy-haul industry to bear. In his new role, Michelson will lead the sales team and drive revenue results and develop growth strategies. Prior to his work at XL Specialized Trailers, Michelson served as the district sales manager at Trail King Industries.

East Manufacturing has named Steve King as its newest director of aftermarket sales, succeeding Dave Miedl. King will report to CEO Tom Wiseman and grow the business by developing dealer stocking programs and other solutions. 

Suppliers and distributors

Double Coin recently added Jim Crandall and Chad Decker to its sales team as regional managers. Crandall will manage the Mississippi River and mid-south region while Decker will oversee the western region.

Phillips Connect has promoted both Cliff Creech and Jessica Smith. Creech will now serve as senior vice president of Phillips Connect while Smith’s new role is vice president of Connect1. Specifically, Creech will lead the team responsible for managing Phillips Connect’s telematics solutions, including the engineering and operations teams that handle hardware development, manufacturing, and support. Smith and the Connect1 team will present data to customers, enhance the Connect1 user interface, and work to integrate telematics data for tractors and trailers.

Cox Automotive has promoted Scott LeTourneau to the position of EVP and CFO. He replaces CFO Mark Bowser, who is retiring at the end of this year. LeTourneau first joined Cox in 2012, holding various corporate development roles, the most recent of which was senior vice president of corporate development for Cox Enterprises.

Jamie McPherson has joined VMAC as the company’s newest director of engineering. McPherson will lead VMAC’s product development department, including a foundry, custom machine shop, and mechanical, electrical, and software engineering teams. McPherson previously worked in manufacturing, robotics, and design engineering.

Clarience Technologies promoted several of its employees in its senior leadership team, including Mark Bara to president of performance solutions; Scott Montesi to president of signal and marking solutions; Brian Olsen to president of safety solutions; and Nada Jiddou to executive vice president and chief digital officer.

Bara will oversee the company’s performance-related companies and brands and previously spent 32 years at Detroit Diesel Corp. Montesi will manage the commercial truck, trailer, and off-road lighting business. Olsen will oversee Clarience’s safety lighting and audible warning system technologies and served ESG as president of ECCO safety systems after Clarience acquired the company. Jiddou will lead the digital innovation team and manage its software platforms, bringing her experience with other positions at Ford Motor Co., Whirlpool Corp., and GM.

Ted Saltzman is the new vice president of sales for TRP International. Saltzman will bring his experience in executive sales after serving with Hubbard-Hall and Optronics International, as well as his involvement with the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and the Intermodal Association of North America.