Navistar International Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Troy A. Clarke as president and chief executive officer of Navistar, effective April 15, 2013. Clarke, currently the company's president and chief operating officer, will also join the board. At the same time, Lewis B. Campbell, who has served as executive chairman and interim CEO since August 2012, will step down from those positions and from the board. James H. Keyes, who has served as a board member since 2002, will become non-executive chairman, also effective April 15.
"Over the past six months, Navistar has made significant progress on many important fronts, including on our three near-term priorities: improving quality, meeting each of our clean engine launch milestones, and delivering on our 2013 operating plan," Campbell said. "When I assumed the interim CEO role last August, I was prepared to stay as long as necessary to oversee the company through a transition period, and today I am pleased to announce our turnaround is firmly underway and our return to profitability is clearly in sight. I am also delighted that the board and I have decided that Troy is the right executive to lead the company forward at this time, and I am confident Navistar will continue to build on its momentum – improving performance and quality for customers and creating shareholder value."
"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Lewis for his valuable contributions to Navistar. He stepped in during a challenging period of transition for the company, and his leadership was critical in helping align our board and management around a clear path forward," Keyes said. "The board is also extremely pleased to name Troy as chief executive officer. He is a proven leader and has been a valuable asset to the executive team since joining the company in early 2010. During his recent tenure as president and chief operating officer, Troy has been instrumental in implementing Navistar's Drive to Deliver plan focused on clear accountability and functional excellence; driving the company's transition to its clean engine strategy; and taking aggressive actions to improve Navistar's cost structure.
"We believe that separating the chairman and CEO roles at this time will enable Troy to focus exclusively on continuing to successfully execute the company's turnaround plan and putting the company on a path to profitability entering fiscal year 2014," Keyes added. "In my new role, I look forward to working with Troy and supporting him and his team in this regard."
"I am honored to take on the role of CEO and join the board of Navistar," Clarke stated. "In six short months, we have made significant progress on our turnaround, and I want to thank Lewis for his guidance and leadership during this period. Working together, we have implemented a number of important actions to set Navistar on the right path, and the company now has a strong platform to build upon going forward.
"Navistar has a great leadership team and a talented group of employees," Clarke added. "I look forward to continuing to work with them as we take further steps to strengthen our North American core businesses, improve quality and customer satisfaction, drive future profitability, and deliver value to shareholders."
Allen, 55, has been president of the company's North America Truck and Parts business since June 2012.
He succeeds Jack Allen, who was promoted to chief operating officer last month.