Sharp to lead Navistar’s IT operations

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Navistar International Corp. announced Monday, Nov. 12, that Don Sharp has joined the company as vice president and chief information officer. Sharp will work with the company’s information technology team to develop strong processes, standards and procedures related to IT, and will determine the requirements to strategically upgrade or replace applications, systems and technologies to strengthen and streamline the company’s IT infrastructure.

Sharp, 39, joins Navistar from his own consulting company that specialized in helping companies identify ways that technology can strategically drive shareholder value and in managing large enterprise initiatives. For the past nine months, Sharp worked as a consultant for Navistar as a program manager on the company’s restatement/reaudit efforts.

“Sharp brings to Navistar a wealth of leadership experience” says Daniel C. Ustian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar. “We have gotten to know Don well over the past nine months and believe that his background and management style will fit well with our company.”

Ustian says to underscore the strategic importance of the IT function, it will now report directly into the office of the CEO. “This will provide the appropriate platform to serve the needs of the entire enterprise, especially one with the significant growth strategies and plans that we have in place,” Ustian says.

Sharp has nearly 20 years of professional experience working for companies that range from startups to Fortune 50 organizations. He has worked on a wide variety of projects for his clients, ranging from core operational system development and implementation to enterprise architecture plans and Internet strategies.