Automotive Purchasing Weekly 15 December 2014 - page 5

Dec 9, 2014 | General
Following a hasty resignation of their previous CEO, UTi’s Board of Directors have lost no
time in replacing him with Edward G. Feitzinger.
Global supply chain solutions provider
UTi has announced that Eric W. Kirchner
has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and
as a member of the company’s Board of
While the reason for Kirchner’s
resignation hasn’t been revealed by the
company, its Board of Directors has named
Edward G. Feitzinger (pictured) as the new
Chief Executive Officer.
Feitzinger’s appointment is effective
immediately and the board members have
subsequently elected him as a Class B
Speaking on behalf of the Board,
Chairman Roger MacFarlane said: “We are
thankful for Eric’s leadership over the past
six years through the Company’s business
transformation and wish him well. We are
pleased to announce that Ed Feitzinger will
be taking over as CEO and providing the
leadership necessary for UTi to realise its
full potential. Ed’s years of experience in the
supply chain industry in combination with
his proven success leading UTi’s contract
logistics and distribution business make him
the right choice to lead the company.”
Feitzinger has remained a part of UTi
since 2010, and his last held position in
the company was that of Executive Vice
President-Global Operations since 2012,
prior to which he was the Executive Vice
President-Global Contract Logistics and
commented: “I am honored to take on the
role of CEO during this important time for
UTi. I look forward to working closely with
the Board, the senior leadership team and
our dedicated and hard-working employees
to deliver improved value to our clients as
we focus on the solid execution of our next
Dec 11, 2014 | General
Starting December 1, Arwed Niestroj has
taken over from Johann Jungwirth as the
division’s CEO.
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development
North America (MBRDNA) has announced a
change at the very top. Starting December
1, Arwed Niestroj assumed responsibility for
the carmaker’s North American research and
development division. Based in the United
States, Niestroj will be leading a team of 300
Arwed Niestroj began his career in 1995
at the company which at the time was
operating under the name of Mercedes-Benz
AG. In addition to holding various strategic
posts and carrying out assignments in the
field of Corporate Research, between 2007
and 2011 he worked in the area of the fuel
cell and among other things was responsible
for the “F-Cell World Drive” - the first
circumnavigation of the globe with fuel cell
vehicles. Arwed Niestroj was most recently
responsible for setting up EM-motive GmbH,
a joint venture between Bosch and Daimler
for which he was assigned management
Arwed Niestroj succeeds Johann
Jungwirth, who had headed MBRDNA since
2009 and left the company at his own
request. The carmaker has not revealed the
reason for Jungwirth’s resignation.
As early as the beginning of the 1990s
Mercedes-Benz recognised that not just IT
history but also the future of the automobile
was being written in Silicon Valley – and was
the first automobile manufacturer to open
its own research facility in this hotbed of
As part of Daimler’s international R&D
network, MBRDNA ideally complements
the other R&D bases throughout the world,
closely working together with these as part
of a tight-knit network to secure the long-
term technological leadership of Mercedes-
Benz vehicles and the competitive strength
of the group as a whole.
15 December 2014
automotive purchasing weekly
Spartan’s JohnSztykiel to retire
Dec 11, 2014 | General
The global supplier’s current CEO has decided to retire, and will be succeeded by Daryl
Spartan has announced that John Sztykiel
has decided to retire as President and Chief
Executive Officer from February 19, 2015. He
will serve as a member of Spartan’s Board of
Directors until his term expires in May 2015
and as a consultant to the Company until
August 31, 2016. Spartan Chief Operating
Officer Daryl Adams will succeed Sztykiel as
President and Chief Executive Officer upon
his retirement.
Hugh Sloan, Chairman of Spartan’s Board
of Directors, stated: “John has devoted his
professional career to Spartan Motors. For the
past 30 years, he has been an enthusiastic
champion for Spartan, its products and
associates, and his imprint is in every
aspect of our business. Since becoming
President in 1991 and CEO in 2002, he has
led Spartan’s growth and transformation from
a fire truck chassis maker into a diversified
and increasingly global speciality vehicle
manufacturer. We thank John for his years of
service and dedication to Spartan and for all
of his accomplishments and contributions he
has made to the Company.”
Sztykiel (57) joined Spartan in 1985 and
assumed roles of increasing responsibility,
including as President and CEO. During his
tenurewith the Company, revenues increased
from $9.9 million to a projected $500 million-
plus in 2014, representing a 14% compound
annual growth rate, and Spartan’s market
capitalisation grew from $10 million to more
than $170 million, in addition to a 21-year
history of paying dividends. Today Spartan
is a manufacturer of premium emergency
response apparatus, delivery and service
vehicles, as well as motorhome chassis with
a global customer base.
“The time is now right to ensure a smooth
transition,” Sztykiel said. “Spartan has
positive momentum in 2014 with improving
operations, a strongbalance sheet, solidorder
backlog and growing revenue. I am proud of
Spartan’s achievements and feel honored to
have been part of creating a unique culture
that blends a creative entrepreneurial spirit
with disciplined operations centered on a
passion for the customer. The result is that
we not only impacted the world each day, we
created a better tomorrow. Now it is time for
me to pursue the passions and objectives that
lie ahead of me and hand off leadership to
a new generation. Daryl Adams has already
demonstrated he understands our business
and is the right choice to lead Spartan to an
even brighter future.”
Daryl Adams (52) joined Spartan Motors as
Chief Operating Officer effective August 11,
2014. Prior to joining Spartan Motors, he was
Chief Executive Officer of Midway Products
Group, a privately held Tier One automotive
supplier. Before joining Midway Products, he
held a succession of management positions
over a 17-year career with global automotive
supplier Lear Corporation, including senior
leadership roles in Lear’s North American and
European operations.
“It is an honor to lead Spartan Motors into
the future, building upon the strengths that
John was instrumental in developing,” Adams
said. “I share John’s enthusiasm and am
committed to working with an outstanding
team of associates to execute the Spartan
strategy and deliver innovative new products
that will generate growth going forward.”
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