Great Dane reorganizes management structure

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Great Dane Trailers announced the reorganization of the company’s management structure as part of an ongoing process aimed at enhancing the company’s business fundamentals and accelerating future growth. The following organizational changes are effective immediately, all reporting directly to Bill Crown, president and chief executive officer:

• Jim Pines, executive vice president of sales and operations, will continue to oversee all sales activities, including factory direct sales, retail sales, aftermarket parts and service and used trailers, as well as Great Dane’s manufacturing operations.
• Rick Mullininx, a 28-year Great Dane veteran, is promoted to the position of executive vice president of engineering. In this expanded role, Mullininx will oversee Great Dane’s entire engineering and product development organization.
• Dean Engelage joins the Great Dane team as executive vice president of strategic planning and administration, after spending more than 15 years with CC Industries, Great Dane’s parent company. Engelage’s responsibilities will include directing business development, marketing, management information systems, human resources and Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies.
• Jim Petrarca, chief financial officer, will continue to oversee all of the company’s finance and accounting activities.

These four senior executives, together with Crown and Sam Gupta, senior vice president of manufacturing, will comprise an executive committee responsible to the board for all operations and planning at Great Dane Trailers.

“Great Dane has a strong leadership team clearly focused on delivering superior value to our customers through the solid operation and strategic growth of the company,” Crown says. “I’m pleased today to confirm the transition of responsibilities from retiring Great Dane president, Phill Pines, and to announce a new organizational structure that capitalizes on the strengths of the team and reflects the continued growth and evolution of the company.”