(Photo caption: Wilson Jones (left) and John Pfeifer)
Oshkosh Corp. is closing out November by announcing a transition in its top leadership. The Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based manufacturer said CEO Wilson Jones will be retiring April 2, 2021, following more than 15 years with the company. He will retire both as chief executive officer and as a member of the board of directors.
John Pfeifer, who is currently the president and chief operating officer, has been named as Jones' successor and will assume the role of CEO, also effective April 2. He will retain the title of president.
Pfeifer joined Oshkosh in May 2019 and has overseen the manufacturer's access equipment, fire and emergency, and commercial segments. He added the role of president in May 2020 and assumed additional roles, including responsibility for the defense segment and global supply chain. Pfeifer has more than 25 years of management experience.
"Since joining Oshkosh last year, John has been instrumental in advancing the company's key strategic initiatives and effectively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic while prioritizing the health and safety of our teams and communities," said Stephen Newlin, independent chairman of the board, in a press statement.
The Oshkosh announcement follows closely on the heels of another significant leadership transition. In early November, automotive supplier Meritor Inc. announced that CEO and President Jay Craig would transition to the role of executive chairman of the board, effective at the end of February 2021. Chris Villavarayan, executive vice president and COO, will succeed Craig as CEO and president