Daimler AG has appointed Roger Nielsen president and chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks North America, effective April 1. Nielsen replaces Martin Daum as DTNA chief after Daum’s promotion to Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses earlier this month.
“Roger Nielsen brings a rock solid product, manufacturing and sales background to this position paired with a razor-sharp focus on technology, quality and customer service,” said Daum. “He has an excellent track record as an influential leader in the industry. Having worked closely with Roger for so many years, I am certain that DTNA, its people and all its brands are in the best hands.”
Nielsen has served as chief operating officer for DTNA’s manufacturing network and managed continuous improvement programs for Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation. He joined Freightliner in 1986 as an industrial engineer and has held various positions at DTNA as well as at Daimler’s Commercial Vehicles Divisions in Germany.
“I am honored and proud to head up this great organization that I have been part of for over 30 years,” said Nielsen. “I look forward to building on the outstanding success achieved by the DTNA team under Martin’s leadership. Together, we will continue our dedication to delivering the best products and services to our North American customers.”