A company with the scope of Daimler Trucks North America demands a leadership team with global expertise in all areas of the business. Finance, technology, marketing, human resources and more are all accounted for with the most qualified and experienced people at the helm. Their guidance, however, would mean nothing without the dedicated team of individuals motivated to reach their goals.
Daimler Trucks North America President & CEO, John O’Leary is responsible for all aspects of DTNA and its affiliated companies, including Freightliner Trucks, Western Star trucks, Thomas Built Buses (TBB), Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) and Detroit Diesel Corporation.
Previously, O’Leary served as the Chief Transformation Officer and Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Germany, laying the foundation for its transformation and profitability improvement. He has also previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of DTNA, directing operational and strategic controlling, treasury, accounting, tax, and IT functions for the company and its affiliated entities. O’Leary has also served as the Senior Vice President of Aftermarket, with responsibility for customer experience, dealer service, distribution network development, parts sales and marketing, parts distribution, Alliance Parts, and Detroit Reman. That role also included oversight and development of DTNA’s Aftermarket Service products, including extended chassis and engine warranties, telematics, and contract maintenance. He has also previously served as President & CEO of Thomas Built Buses, where he oversaw sales, marketing, service, dealer operations, product planning, engineering and manufacturing functions.
O’Leary has more than 30 years of experience in a wide variety of leadership and financial roles for truck and electronics manufacturers. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Seattle University, and he completed the Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
As Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology, Dr. Rainer Müller-Finkeldei oversees all DTNA product engineering activities, including design, testing, styling, analysis, compliance, and planning functions.
Müller-Finkeldei has held increasing roles of responsibility across Daimler business units and engineering functions since joining Daimler’s research labs in 1995. Most recently, he served as Head of Mechatronics at Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Germany after roles with Daimler Trucks, Daimler Vans, and Daimler’s research and technology department.
Müller-Finkeldei holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Computer Science and Physics from the Julius-Maximilians University of Wurzburg, Germany. He studied computer science at both the University of Würzburg and The University of Texas at Austin.
As Senior Vice President, Operations and Specialty Vehicles, Jeff Allen oversees DTNA’s complete manufacturing network, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, and Thomas Built Buses.
Previously, Allen served as the Vice President of Operations at Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) where he led all facets of the Detroit operation, including management of Detroit’s powertrain headquarters in Michigan and Detroit’s axle plant in Saltillo, Mexico. He has also served as Vice President of Operations for Thomas Built Buses and as Director of Assembly at DDC.
Allen’s experience at Daimler Trucks includes over 25 years of leadership and operational responsibility. He started his career with Daimler at Detroit in 1992 as a business unit manager. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Oakland University.
As Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, David Carson leads all sales, marketing, and strategic planning activity for DTNA’s complete line of on-highway and vocational trucks.
Previously, Carson served as Senior Vice President, Vocational Sales & Marketing for Freightliner and Western Star trucks. Carson has also previously served as President & CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation where he oversaw engineering, operations, and sales and marketing for DTNA’s chassis business. He has also served DTNA in a variety of leadership roles, including as the company’s General Manager of Human Resources responsible for all human resource matters.
Carson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As Senior Vice President, Our People Team, Eileen Frack leads all human capital management, including diversity, equity and inclusion, labor and employee relations, compensation and rewards, talent acquisition, employee, organization and management development, health and safety programs, and People innovations.
Frack began her career with DTNA in 2005 as Director of the Office of Tax Affairs and International Trade Compliance. As an inaugural member of the first Diversity Steering Committee and after leading numerous cross-functional projects, she became Director of Executive Management Development.
Frack has more than 20 years of experience in finance and leadership development and diversity and inclusion. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University.
As a member of the management board of Daimler Truck Financial Services responsible for North America and Asia, Richard Howard also serves as President of Daimler Truck Financial Services USA, the company’s captive finance unit. Howard leads a team focused on streamlining sales processes with tailor-made financing and leasing solutions to improve customer experience and increase customer loyalty.
Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President of On-highway Sales & Marketing at DTNA, where he was responsible for all sales, marketing and strategic planning for DTNA’s on-highway segment. Prior to joining DTNA, Howard served as President and CEO of Daimler Financial Services, Africa and Asia Pacific, and was a member of the Daimler Financial Services AG Board of Management. Over a 20-year period, Howard built his career through the ranks of Daimler Financial Services organization for both Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and Daimler’s commercial trucks divisions. He has held assignments in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Latin America, South Africa, and Asia.
Howard holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Aston University in the United Kingdom.
As Chief Financial Officer, Stefan Kürschner directs operational and strategic controlling, treasury, accounting, and tax functions for DTNA and its affiliated companies.
Most recently, Kürschner served as the Senior Vice President of Aftermarket at DTNA where he led all of the company’s aftermarket functions, including customer experience, dealer service, distribution network development, parts sales and marketing, parts distribution, Alliance Parts, and Detroit Reman. Prior to this, Kürschner served as the president and CEO of Daimler Vehículos Comerciales Mexico, where he oversaw sales, marketing, service, dealer operations, product planning, engineering and manufacturing functions.
During his 25-year career with Daimler, Kürschner has held a variety of management positions around the world, including in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Mexico and the United States. He holds a Master’s degree with emphasis on Logistics and International Management from the University of Mannheim, Germany.
As Senior Vice President, Aftermarket, Drew Backeberg leads all DTNA aftermarket functions, with responsibility for customer experience, dealer service, distribution network development, parts sales and marketing, parts distribution, Alliance Parts, and Detroit Reman. His role also includes oversight and development of DTNA’s Aftermarket service products, including extended chassis and engine warranties, telematics, and contract maintenance.
Previously, Backeberg served as the Vice President of On-highway sales where he led the dealer sales business for the company’s on-highway products. Prior to that, he served as the President & CEO of Daimler Trucks Remarketing (DTR) where he was responsible for guiding the sales channel for second-life vehicles, growing the SelecTrucks network, and safe-guarding and supporting pricing discipline for new trucks.
During his 20-year career with DTNA, Backeberg has held increasing roles of responsibility. He started his career at DTNA as a marketing analyst for DTR, later managed a SelecTrucks branch, and served as Regional General Manager of Sales for Freightliner.
Backeberg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Portland.