Matt Boler has become vice-president of corporate development for The Boler Co. He returns to the firm, having formerly served as its director of strategic planning. Kurt Kern, who succeeds him as general manager of Hendrickson Bumper and Trim, was promoted from director of operations for Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems at Woodridge IL. Sean Coleman has returned from Hendrickson corporate sales to Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems as director of program management. A 13-year veteran of Hendrickson, he served as director of truck OEM sales the past three years. Rick Johnson recently assumed duties as director-information technology for the company and will be based at the Woodridge IL facility. He joined Hendrickson as e-business manager in 2005.
Al Miller, a former employee of Johnson Truck Bodies, has returned after being away from the company for 15 months. He will be working in a newly created position as national sales manager. Other recent new hires at Johnson include Donald Breault and Donna Cherry, buyers in the purchasing department; James Wallin, safety specialist; and Shanna Smith, human resource generalist.
ArvinMeritor Inc announced that Rakesh Sachdev has been named president of Asia Pacific, effective immediately. Sachdev most recently served as senior vice-president of strategy and corporate development for the firm.
Peterson Manufacturing has appointed Jim Rowden as its new vice-president-engineering. A Peterson associate since 1996, Rowden replaces Tim Murphy, who is retiring after more than 21 years with the company. Murphy will continue as a Peterson consultant through 2007. Rowden most recently served the firm as engineering manager.
Joe Panella has been appointed vice-president-North American sales for Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems Division. He joins Haldex from Behr America after previous experience with ArvinMeritor, Honeywell, and Cummins.
Al LaRhette has joined Ridewell Suspensions as Northeast regional sales manager. His territory includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, the District of Columbia, and Michigan. He has an extensive background in truck equipment and applications with almost 40 years in the industry. Jerry Steele has retired from Ridewell. He spent 14 years with the company, serving as vice-president of sales and as representative for trade shows and a customer service liaison. Steele has been in the transportation industry more than 40 years, including 17 years with Trailmobile and 10 with Tri-State Motor Transit.
EnPro Industries announced that Jon Cox, currently vice-president and general manager, Garlock Klozure Dynamic Seals, has been named division president, Stemco LP. He will replace Richard Andrews, who is retiring. Andrews joined Stemco in 1996 and became president in 1998. Cox will relocate to Stemco's headquarters in Longview TX.
Steve Holt has been promoted to serve as Accuride Corp's senior vice-president/strategy, growth, and technology. He previously served as the company's vice-president/strategic management and CIO. Terry Neal has joined Accuride as general manager of AccuSolutions. Most recently, Neal served as division manager-operations customer cupport for Bendix LLC.
Reyco Granning, a commercial vehicle suspension product line of Tuthill Transport Technologies, has appointed Guy Vachon group director of marketing. Vachon comes to Reyco Granning from Hendrickson International, where he was director of aftermarket for its sales organization.
Lars Wilsby, formerly SKF's business development director-Automotive Division, has been appointed vice-president-SKF Vehicle Service Market (VSM). He will continue to be based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Bustin Industrial Products has appointed David Dixson director of sales and marketing. Eric Colborn has been promoted to sales manager.