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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) announced the retirement of President and CEO Bob Harbin, effective July 31.

The company reported in a release that Harbin will be succeeded by David Carson, who currently serves as general manager of Human Resources for parent Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Carson joined DTNA in 2001 and has served in a series of senior leadership positions and became a member of the DTNA Operating Committee in 2009. Carson will assume his new role Aug 1. A successor to Carson will be announced at a later time.

Harbin’s retirement brings to a close a distinguished career of more than 30 years as a leader and innovator in the transportation industry. He served as president and CEO of FCCC since 2006, where he helped push the company to its current status as a top chassis supplier in the Class A diesel RV and walk-in van markets, as well as posting record market share in the commercial bus market. He also increased resources to strengthen FCCC’s industry-leading dealer and customer support systems as well as its development of innovative alternative fuel products.

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“Everyone at Daimler Trucks North America and FCCC is incredibly grateful to Bob for his many years of distinguished and dedicated service,” said Martin Daum, DTNA president and CEO. “He transformed customer relationships into true business partnerships – as well as anticipating and responding to customer demands for products powered by a wide range of fuel options – quickly bringing FCCC to the premier spot in each of its core markets through his unwavering entrepreneurial spirit.”

Prior to joining FCCC, Harbin worked for more than 20 years at Chrysler, serving in management roles at a number of the automaker’s plants before being promoted to chairman and technical director of a joint Chrysler-BMW venture in Brazil.

“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to lead this outstanding team here at FCCC for almost a decade,” Harbin said. “FCCC is more than just a place to work – it’s a family.  I have been honored to be part of the family and I will miss them greatly.”