Keeler to lead Hendrickson’s international operations

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Mike Keeler has assumed duties as vice president of international operations for Hendrickson, and Mike Gottschalk has succeeded Keeler as general manager of Hendrickson Auxiliary Axle Systems.

“Mike Keeler’s appointment allows us to coordinate our global operations, sales and product development while integrating our joint venture in India more effectively with our U.S. based divisions,” says Gary Gerstenslager, president and chief operating officer of Itasca, Ill.-based Hendrickson.

Reporting to Keeler will be Andrew Ward, managing director for Hendrickson Europe; Andrew Martin, managing director for Hendrickson Asia Pacific; and Bill Wilson, executive director for advanced technology.

Keeler joined the engineering department of the truck division in 1981. After moving to Fruehauf Trailers for several years, he returned to Hendrickson as director of engineering for Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems at Canton, Ohio, in 1988. In 1995, he assumed leadership of the newly formed auxiliary axle systems business unit in Hebron, Ohio.

As general manager of Hendrickson Auxiliary Axle, Gottschalk directs a senior management team with responsibility for management of the independent division. He reports to Steve Andrews, vice president and general manager of Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems.

Joining Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems in 1988, Gottschalk held various positions, beginning in engineering and expanding to operations. He has made significant contributions in the establishment, growth and product development of the auxiliary axle division.