Jack Tierney

Jack Tierney

Jack Tierney, president and CEO of Thetford Corp. and Norcold Inc., for the past 2 1/2 years is no longer with the company.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based corporation confirmed the development today (Aug. 10) for RVBUSINESS.com.

The corporation eliminated the position of CEO.  Michael J. Harris will assume oversight responsibility for Thetford Corp. in addition to his duties as COO of The Dyson Kissner Moran Corp., Thetford’s parent company.

In a news release, Harris explained, “The economy has impacted the RV Industry quite dramatically with production figures down over 50% in the U.S. and over 30% in Europe.  This is the fourth restructuring in the last 12 months as the company has aligned itself with industry dynamics.  This is an unfortunate result of this unprecedented economic environment. We thank Jack for his service over the past nine years.”

Tierney had served as president and CEO of Thetford Corp., including its subsidiary Norcold Inc. and its European operations, since Feb. 1, 2007.

He joined Thetford from its parent company in 2000 as CFO. He was promoted to senior vice president of North American Operations, in 2002, gaining responsibility for operational leadership and guidance of all of Thetford and Norcold business interests. Tierney was promoted to COO of North America in 2006, adding oversight of Thetford and Norcold’s sales and marketing and engineering departments.

Tierney has served the RV industry on a national level. He is currently serving a three-year term on the board of directors representing RV suppliers to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and is a candidate for re-election to a second three-year term. He was current chairman of the Membership Committee and member of the Public & Legislative Affairs Committee. He chaired the Nominating Committee in 2008. He also serves on the Public Relations Committee and RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing Board. He also served on the Committee on Excellence Replacement Parts Availability Task Force.

 Thetford Corp. is the world’s leading manufacturer of toilets and related sanitation products for recreational and camping vehicles and boats. Norcold, acquired in 1997, is one of the leading manufacturers of refrigerators used in recreational vehicles, truck cabs and powerboats.

In 2004, Thetford purchased Tecma, the leading producer of high-end macerating toilets for the European yacht industry, as well as macerating/waste transfer units for residential applications. Spinflo, acquired in 2005, is the leading producer of stoves for the U.K. recreational vehicle market. Together, they form a large international supplier of products to the recreational vehicle and marine industries, as well as portable toilets and coolers for leisure use. The group has manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio, The Netherlands, England and Italy.