Roger Nielsen (56) has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and its affiliated companies Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation effective as of April 1, 2017.
He succeeds Martin Daum who became Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses on March 1, 2017.
DTNA is the undisputed market leader in North America. Its market share in NAFTA class 6 to 8 trucks for 2017 year-to-date stands at 40.8 percent.
Roger Nielsen: “I am honored and proud to head up this great organization that I have been part of for over 30 years. 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.”
Since 2001, Roger Nielsen has been Chief Operating Officer responsible for the entire DTNA manufacturing network, as well as all levels of operations in quality, supplier management, logistics, and customer application engineering. In addition, he has overseen Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and DTNA’s continuous improvement programs. In 1986, Mr. Nielsen joined DTNA (then Freightliner Corporation) as an Industrial Engineer and since then has held various positions at DTNA in the US as well as at Daimler’s Commercial Vehicles Divisions in Germany.