Baer named president of VHD Equipment Network

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The Vipar Heavy Duty board of directors has named Chris Baer president of VHD Equipment Network, a separate buying group wholly owned by Vipar Heavy Duty. In his new role, Baer will have overall management responsibility for VHD Equipment Network, a buying group that offers membership to commercial vehicle truck equipment distributors in North America.

Baer has been overseeing VHD Equipment Network since its inception in 2008. He will continue in his role as vice president at Vipar Heavy Duty with responsibility for program management and marketing and communications groups.

“Chris is a tireless worker and well-regarded by everyone in our organization,” says Steve Crowley, president and chief executive officer of Vipar Heavy Duty. “On behalf of the board, stockholders and staff, we congratulate him on his new responsibilities.This appointment demonstrates our commitment to grow our footprint in the commercial vehicle truck equipment segment among distributors and suppliers.”

Baer joined Vipar Heavy Duty in January 2002 as director of program management. In November 2003, the board of directors of Vipar Heavy Duty named Baer a vice president and corporate officer. Previously, Baer was with Chicago Rawhide/SKF for 17 years in a variety of sales management roles, including director of automotive sales.