Meagher appointed VP of sales for Peterson

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Peterson Manufacturing Co. has announced that Steve Meagher has been named vice president of sales. Meagher succeeds Art Richardson, who is retiring after more than 41 years with the company. No effective date has been announced for the move, as Meagher will be transitioning into his new role over the next several months. Richardson will stay on during this period to ensure a smooth transition of duties.

Meagher will move from his current role as president of Transworld Products, a position he has held since joining the wholly owned Peterson subsidiary in 2001. His tenure positioned Transworld as a leading global sourcing and import service company specializing in helping original equipment manufacturers and retailers with international product sourcing and buying from Pacific Rim countries, Peterson says. Meagher’s professional experience also includes 16 years at Western Auto in the merchandising division, and director of product management at R&B Inc.

“Steve brings a world of knowledge and experience to his new position,” says Don Armacost Jr., president and chief executive officer of Grandview, Mo.-based Peterson. “With his dedication and proven management skills in all marketing and merchandising areas, we’re confident that Steve will guide the Peterson sales team for continued great success.”

In a related move, Peterson announced that Steve Schmidt will assume Meagher’s duties as president of Transworld Products. Currently serving as Transworld’s senior merchandise manager, Schmidt has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the automotive aftermarket.