* Appointment effective as of April 1, 2017
* Daimler Trucks is the undisputed market leader in North America
* Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses: "Roger brings a rock-solid product, manufacturing and sales background to this position paired with a razor-sharp focus on technology, quality and customer service."
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.
"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. He has an excellent track record as an influential leader in the industry," stated Martin Daum.
"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," Daum added. Roger Nielsen: "I am honoured and proud to head up this great organisation 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 customers."
Since 2001, 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, 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. 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%