Dave Olsen, president of GVW Parts since 2001, has been named president of gas and diesel motorhome chassis supplier Workhorse Custom Chassis, a sister company of GVW Parts, the company announced today (Nov. 24).
Both Workhorse and GVW Parts are subsidiaries of GVW Holdings, which is a unit of The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm.
One of the reasons why Olsen was promoted was his success at integrating four separate GVW Parts aftermarket entities into one seamless organization.
“Dave quickly took charge of a challenging situation and made rapid improvements in our parts operations,” said Andrew Taitz, chairman and CEO of GVW Holdings. “He has shown an outstanding commitment to customer service and understands what it takes to get customers the products they need, when they need them. We welcome his leadership of the customer-driven team we have assembled at Workhorse.”
Prior to joining GVW Holdings, Olsen was executive vice president of TransCom USA and, earlier, he was general manager at Meritor Automotive, overseeing its $275 million North American Aftermarket Division.
Olsen began his career with Allied Signal.
In addition to motorhome chassis, Workhorse builds bus and walk-in van chassis as well as complete walk-in trucks.
GVW Holdings headquarters is in Highland Park, Ill., and its manufacturing plants are in Union City and Hagerstown, Ind.
Meanwhile, Chuck Kosmin has been named president of GVW Parts, which supplies Workhorse along with GVW Holdings’ other companies: Autocar and Union City Body Co.
Kosmin also joined GVW Holdings in 2001 as vice president of original equipment business, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, customer service and dealer satisfaction.
“Chuck has been a key contributor to the GVW Parts success story,” Taitz said. “I look forward with confidence that he will continue to lead and grow this business.”
Prior to joining GVW Holdings, Kosmin was vice president of sales and marketing for Motor Coach Industries, a leading intercity bus manufacturer, where he was responsible for its $150 million parts operation.
Earlier, he was general manager of Meridian Parts Corp. and he began his career with Hausman Bus Sales and Parts Co.