Steve Guillaume

Steve Guillaume

Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors, Inc. today (May 18) announced the promotion of Steve Guillaume to president of the Specialty Chassis and Vehicles Business Unit, which includes responsibility for the RV chassis portfolio, specialty vehicles, defense and government as well as aftermarket parts and accessories.

Guillaume, who said he was “very excited” at the opportunity to be part of a new leadership team at Spartan, made specific mention that a major part of his focus will be on ensuring Spartan “is considered a key player in the RV industry.”

“There is a good core group of people here at Spartan. We’ve got a very well respected brand and product,” Guillaume told RVBUSINESS.com. “The RV industry is a very critical segment to Spartan and to my business unit. There will definitely be renewed focus on working closely with industry folks, manufacturers, etc., to increase Spartan’s presence.”

Guillaume, whose appointment was effective May 11, reports to Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams, who replaced the retired John Sztykiel in February.

“Steve’s diverse background and experience provides an excellent opportunity for us to expand the scope of our business,” said Adams. “Steve has a proven track record of achievement in general management and P&L leadership. This includes success and expertise in the commercial vehicles, diesel engines and specialty bodies segments.”

Guillaume first joined Spartan Motors in January of this year as vice president of new business development & joint ventures. In this role, Guillaume was responsible for managing Spartan’s Joint Ventures and leading business development initiatives across the organization.

Prior to joining the company, Guillaume held numerous senior leadership positions with Navistar, a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines.

He began his career in finance/accounting, before eventually progressing into a plant controller role.

Guillaume holds a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in business administration from Baylor University.