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Freightliner announces two new VPs, one retiree

PORTLAND, Ore. - Company officials have announced the naming of Jack Conlan and Elmar Boeckenhoff to senior VP posi...


PORTLAND, Ore. – Company officials have announced the naming of Jack Conlan and Elmar Boeckenhoff to senior VP positions at Freightliner LLC.

Conlan has been named Senior VP of Customer Support and Boeckenhoff has succeeded Michael von Mayenburg, the company’s chief engineering officer since 1990, as Senior VP of Engineering and Technology. Both will serve as members on the company’s executive committee.

Conlan had been serving as president of the company’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) business unit since 1998.

Under Conlan’s leadership, FCCC increased sales by 27 per cent in 2004 to 28,400 units.

Conlan first joined Freightliner LLC in February 1998 as Assistant Plant Manager at the company’s Cleveland, N.C., Truck Manufacturing Plant. He has over 20 years experience in truck and automotive manufacturing, and has held a range of management positions in production, quality and plant and division operations.

Boeckenhoff is a 14-year DaimlerChrysler veteran and currently serves as head of testing for Mercedes-Benz Vans. He previously held positions as head of computational analysis for commercial vehicles and assistant to the board member for truck development.

Boeckenhoff’s appointment comes in the wake of von Mayenburg’s retirement, which 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.

“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 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.”


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