Diesel pusher chassis supplier Spartan Motors Inc. completed on Tuesday (June 11) its previously announced senior management changes which included the promotion of John Sztykiel to CEO.
As CEO, John Sztykiel, who was Spartan’s president and COO prior to his promotion, replaces his father, George Sztykiel, who co-founded the company in 1975.
George Sztykiel also retired effective Tuesday as Spartan’s chairman, and he was replaced by outside director David Wilson, who will serve an a non-executive chairman.
“George’s contributions over the past 27 years have been immense, helping Spartan Motors grow from a one-garage start-up to an international company with a reputation for excellence and innovation,” said Wilson, whose background is in the auto and heavy-truck industries.
John Sztykiel has 17 years experience at Spartan, which also is a major manufacturer of fire trucks.
In preparation for John Sztykiel becoming CEO, Spartan, during March, named Richard Schalter president of Spartan Motor Chassis, the subsidiary involved in supplying motorhome chassis.
Schalter was Spartan’s CFO prior to becoming president of Spartan Motor Chassis, and he will remain CFO until a replacement is found.
Additionally, Spartan has launched a search for a new outside director and, on Tuesday, it adopted guidelines for prospective board members which includes integrity, strategic thinking and a strong financial background.