Oshkosh Corporation, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies, announced changes to its executive leadership.
Robert G. Bohn, chairman and chief executive officer, decided to retire, effective Dec. 31, and the Oshkosh Board of Directors elected Charles L. Szews chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1. Szews will serve in a dual role as president and CEO. He has been with the Company since 1996 and is currently Oshkosh Corporation president and chief operating officer.
Bohn, who has served as CEO for 13 years and chairman for 10 years, will remain on the company’s board until the annual shareholders meeting, Feb. 1, 2011. At that time, he will be succeeded as chairman by current board member Richard M. Donnelly, who has served on the board since 2001.
Under Bohn’s leadership, Oshkosh Corporation was transformed from a $400 million Midwest Company into a multibillion dollar international corporation and a Fortune 350 Company.
Future CEO Szews has been the company’s champion of new business development, mergers and acquisitions and long-term strategic initiatives. Szews joined Oshkosh in 1996 as chief financial officer, and has served as president and COO since 2007, when he also joined the board.