Spartan Motors Inc. today (Feb. 24) announced that Andrew M. Rooke has been named to the company’s board.

Rooke currently serves as president and COO of Manitex International Inc., a leading North American manufacturer of engineered lifting equipment. He has held this position since 2007. His professional experience includes GKN Sinter Metals, where he served as CFO, and with other organizations that include Quaker Oats Ltd. and Rolls Royce Ltd.

John Sztykiel, CEO of Spartan Motors, stated, “The board has been integral in transforming Spartan Motors, ensuring accountability and providing leadership as management executes its strategy. Having Andrew join the board makes it stronger, which in turn strengthens the company and ensures that Spartan evolves in the right direction.”

Rooke holds a bachelor’s in economics from the University of York, England, and is a Chartered Accountant. He is a native of Birmingham, England and currently resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.