Great Dane announces new sales, branch ops structure

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Great Dane announced the appointment of Jon Jeffries as vice president and general sales manager, responsible for leading the company’s sales functions, including dealer and branch sales, national accounts, flatbed sales, used trailer sales and sales administration. With more than 25 years in the trailer industry, Jeffries returns to Great Dane after 14-plus years working in sales and marketing with Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems.

“Jon has a tremendous amount of customer knowledge and well-rounded industry experience, and is ideally suited to lead our company’s sales team,” said Dean Engelage, Great Dane executive vice president. “I’m excited to have him join our already solid sales organization.”

Concurrent with the addition of Jeffries, Great Dane announced that the company also is realigning its branch system to better serve the growing needs of the aftermarket. Dave Gilliland will continue to lead the sales function as vice president, Branch Sales, while Dave Durand has been promoted to vice president, Aftermarket, where he will continue to oversee the company’s Aftermarket Parts Division and also assume responsibility for Great Dane’s branch operations, distributor development and aftermarket fleet services.

Durand began his career at Great Dane in January 2006. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for Branch Parts Operations, and was promoted to vice president, Aftermarket Parts in January 2011. He has more than 30 years industry experience in branch and dealership operations, including working for Fruehauf, Trailmobile, Timpte and Wabash National.

“With his solid background and proven performance at Great Dane, I am confident that Dave can leverage his experience and past success in his new position, and make Great Dane’s Aftermarket Operations the best in the industry,” said Engelage.