PORTLAND, OREGON.…Freightliner LLC today announced that Michael von Mayenburg, the company’s chief engineering officer since 1990, will retire this summer. von Mayenburg will be succeeded by Elmar Boeckenhoff, who will become Freightliner LLC’s Senior Vice President of Engineering & Technology and a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
“Michael von Mayenburg has made a profound contribution to the success of Freightliner LLC and the progress of commercial vehicle engineering,” said Chris Patterson, Freightliner LLC President and CEO. “As Freightliner’s Chief Engineer since 1990, he has overseen the development of pioneering new products, a multitude of commercial vehicle innovations and patented designs. As head of Freightliner engineering, his ideas shaped not only Freightliner products, but the course of North American truck technology in general.”
von Mayenburg’s retirement culminates a 41-year career in the truck and automotive manufacturing industry. He began his career with DaimlerChrysler (then Daimler-Benz) in 1964 and subsequently held a variety of assignments in the Design and Service departments for diesel engines and truck chassis. In 1986, he was appointed Chief of Staff for the Daimler-Benz Commercial Vehicle Development Group, a position he held until joining Freightliner in 1990.
During von Mayenburg’s career at Freightliner, the company’s brands launched new product lines including the Freightliner Business Class (1991), the Freightliner Century Class (1995), the Sterling Acterra (2000), the Freightliner Business Class M2 (2002) and the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 (2003). In addition, the company implemented a multitude of features and technologies to enhance vehicle safety, increase productivity, improve ergonomics and reduce environmental impact.
“During Michael von Mayenburg’s tenure with the company, products manufactured by the group’s brands became the advanced, highly efficient, well-styled machines that they are today,” Patterson added. “We are grateful to Michael for his many contributions to the company and to the North American truck manufacturing industry.”
About Elmar Boeckenhoff von Mayenburg’s successor, Elmar Boeckenhoff, is a 14-year DaimlerChrysler veteran. Currently serving as Head of the Testing for Mercedes-Benz Vans, Boeckenhoff previously held positions as Head of Computational Analysis for Commercial Vehicles and Assistant to the Board Member for Truck Development.
Boeckenhoff holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Stuttgart. His educational credentials also include graduate and undergraduate work in physics at RWTH Aachen University and the University of Cologne.
“Freightliner LLC is very pleased to have a highly qualified successor take the wheel of our Engineering organization,” Patterson said. “Elmar’s background, accomplishments and vision make him uniquely qualified to lead Freightliner LLC Engineering as the company enters a critical new era of product development.”
Boeckenhoff is relocating to Portland, Ore., with his family.