Pennington wins Truck Writers award

Louisville, Ky. — Mike Pennington, ArvinMeritor’s senior director of global marketing communications and industry relations for Commercial Vehicle Systems, was given a major honor last week during the Mid-America Trucking Show. A favorite of the trucking press, Pennington won the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Peterbilt and voted on by journalist members of the Truck Writers of North America. The presentation was made at the group’s annual banquet, accompanied by a long standing ovation, by David Giroux, who holds the equivalent communications position at Peterbilt.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis, Pennington began his trucking industry career on the editorial staff of Memphis-based Southern Motor Cargo, a regional trucking magazine.

Pennington left the editorial ranks in 1985 and joined ArvinMeritor when it was still Rockwell Automotive, as manager of product publicity and business relations. He rose over the years to be the director of marketing communications-Americas before he was appointed to his present position.

“Mike is the consummate communications pro, the one that most others aspire to be,” says Today’s Trucking editorial director Rolf Lockwood. “All of us here offer him our congratulations, as well as our thanks for many years of willing assistance.”

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