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Navistar International Corp. has named longtime Navistar and Ford executive David Tarrant as CEO for its Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC subsidiary, replacing Dave Olsen.
According to a press release, Tarrant will retain his present duties as vice president and general manager for light duty vehicles and joint ventures for Navistar. Union City, Ind.-based Workhorse manufactures chassis for walk-in trucks and motorhomes.
Tarrant brings a 37-year career in the commercial truck business, including a five-year stint as Ford’s RV and special vehicles manager. He also led the rebuilding of the company’s commercial truck focus after Ford divested its heavy truck business.
“I am truly excited to be working with the strong brand that Workhorse stands for in the walk-in van and motorhome markets,” said Tarrant. “I look forward to leveraging great products and resources from the Navistar spectrum of brands to further develop the Workhorse business – a new landscape of opportunity is in our future.”
Tarrant noted that a prime example of such Navistar-Workhorse synergy is the recent integration of Navistar’s MaxxForce 7 diesel engine with Workhorse’s W-20/W-22 motorhome chassis.
Among other advancements, the MaxxForce solution for 2010 diesel emission standards relies on EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) technology developed by Navistar.
“By using our Navistar resources, I expect Workhorse to be on the leading edge of cost-competitive solutions targeted to meet customer needs, while also producing long-term, profitable growth for the company,” Tarrant said.