PeopleNet announces personnel changes

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — PeopleNet has announced several personnel changes, including the appointment of Mark Botticelli to the position of EVP and head of technology.

Botticelli has 25 years’ experience in technology industries and is charged with PeopleNet’s North American technology strategy and product delivery across wireless, software, hardware, infrastructure and quality assurance.

Brian McLaughlin has replaced former PeopleNet founder and CEO Ron Konezny, who has been named general manager of Trimble’s Worldwide Transportation and Logistics division.

“Brian’s leadership of marketing, product development, communications, and sales programs over the last 10 years has helped garner double-digit year-after-year growth,” Konezny said.

Meanwhile, new senior sales vice-presidents Garland Jackson and Mark Kessler will take on more market management authority and will work with Canadian president Jamie Williams on key operating issues, the company announced.

Jackson will lead regional accounts and also be charged with small markets, sales operations and sales engineering.

Kessler will manage the growth of national accounts while overseeing PeopleNet’s expansion into Mexico and other strategic markets, the company says.

Rick Ochsendorf, former operations vice-president, is now senior vice-president of operations and product management with added product strategy and management responsibilities.

“This team combines Trimble and PeopleNet experience and success,” McLaughlin said of the appointments. “In addition to their individual and collective track records, they have the leadership skills and expertise to drive growth and profitability.”

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