Roger Nielsen To Be Appointed President of the Freightliner Specialized Vehicles

Freightliner LLC has appointed Roger Nielsen to be president of the Freightliner Specialized Vehicles Group. In this position, Nielsen will be responsible for overseeing the Freightliner subsidiaries of Thomas Built Buses, American LaFrance, Freightliner Custom Chassis and Orion Bus Industries. A 15-year Freightliner veteran, Nielsen will replace current group president Marv Hoff who will retire effective May 4.

Nielsen brings extensive commercial vehicle manufacturing and management experience to his new role. He joined the company as a manufacturing engineer and has subsequently held such positions as plant manager of Freightliner's Gastonia Parts Manufacturing Plant, senior vice president of manufacturing and vice president of product planning within the DaimlerChrysler Commercial Vehicles Division.

Most recently, as vice president and general manager of operations of Western Star Trucks Inc., Nielsen was responsible for integrating the operations of the newly-acquired truck company with the Freightliner organization.

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