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AEM announces officers and new directors for 2022


November 12, 2021
By AEM

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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced its 2022 officers and directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors and Agriculture and Construction Equipment Sector Boards during its annual business meeting this week. AEM President, Dennis Slater, who announced earlier this year that he will retire after 23-years at the helm of the organization, was bestowed the honor of an AEM Life Honorary Director. The designation is traditionally conferred upon past board chairs.

“Throughout his nearly 40-year career with AEM, Dennis has been a visionary leader in support of the equipment manufacturing industry,” said 2021 AEM Chair Chairman Steve W. Berglund, executive chairman at Trimble, Inc. “Under his leadership, AEM has built tremendous value and momentum for our members and the industry. On behalf of the AEM Board Directors, I thank him for his steadfast guidance and foresight in support of the association’s more than 1,000 member companies.”

The Officers for the AEM Board of Directors for 2022 are:

AEM Chair: Robert Crain, Sr. VP, Customer Experience, AGCO Corp.

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Vice Chair: Rod Schrader, Chairman & CEO, Komatsu America Corp.

Ag Chair: Todd Stucke, Senior VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.

CE Chair: Stephen Roy, President of Region North America, Volvo Construction Equip.

Treasurer: Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corp.

Secretary: Megan Tanel, President, AEM

Directors and officers for the AEM Board of Directors come from a broad selection of AEM member companies from both the agriculture and construction equipment fields.

“The guidance and leadership talent from our member companies greatly benefit AEM, and we always appreciate their participation,” said AEM president – select Megan Tanel. “We also value the wide-ranging scale of participation, from ag and construction equipment and component manufacturers, tech developers and service providers. This is a tremendous group of industry leaders, and I am looking forward to working with them.”

2022 AEM Board of Directors

· Jason Andringa, President & CEO, Vermeer Corp.

· Steven Berglund, Executive Chairman, Trimble, Inc.

· Robert Crain, Senior VP, Customer Experience, AGCO Corp.

· John Garrison, Chairman & Chief Executive, Terex Corp.

· David Gilmore, Senior VP, Global Marketing, Agriculture & Turf Division, Deere & Co.

· Grant Godbersen, VP Manufacturing, GOMACO Corp.

· Michael Haberman, Exec. VP Industrial Equipment Division, Alamo Group, Inc.

· Scott Harris, Global President, Case IH North America, CNH Industrial

· Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corp.

· Philip Kelliher, VP Americas Distribution, Service & Marketing, Caterpillar Inc.

· Leif Magnusson, President, CLAAS of America, Inc.

· Laura Ness Owens, VP Marketing, Communication & Public Affairs, Doosan Bobcat North America

· Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.

· Brad Olson, VP, Two Rivers Marketing

· Greg Petras, President, Kuhn North America, Inc.

· Austin Ramirez, President & CEO, Husco

· Jeffrey Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver

· Stephen Roy, President of Region North America, Volvo Construction Equip.

· Rod Schrader, Chairman & CEO, Komatsu America Corp.

· Todd Stucke, Senior VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.

Agriculture Equipment Sector Board

Ag Chair: Todd Stucke, Senior VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.

Ag Vice Chair: Bill Hurley, Vice President, Distribution, AGCO Corp.

· Grant Adolph, COO, Buhler Industries, Inc.

· Kim Boccardi, VP Marketing, Titan International, Inc.

· Kurt Coffey, VP Case IH North America, CNH Industrial

· Mark Core, Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Vermeer Corp.

· Fernando Cuccioli, Executive VP Cluster Americas, DeLaval, Inc.

· Charlene Finck, President, Farm Journal

· Richard Fox-Marrs, President & CEO, JCB, Inc.

· Gene Fraser, VP Global Sales & Marketing, MacDon Industries Ltd.

· David Gilmore, Senior VP Sales & Marketing Agriculture & Turf Division, Deere & Co.

· Bill Hurley, VP Distribution Development, AGCO Corp.

· Keith Johnson, P.E., President, Kondex Corporation

· Dietz Lankhorst, President & CEO, Krone North America

· Darryl Matthews, Senior VP, Natural Resources, Trimble, Inc.

· Brian McKown, Executive VP & COO, Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.

· Brian Nelson, President & Chairman, HCC, Inc.

· Casey Niemann, President, AgriSync, Inc.

· Greg Petras, President, Kuhn North America, Inc.

· Viren Popli, President & CEO, Mahindra USA, Inc.

· Eric Raby, Senior VP Americas, CLAAS of America, Inc.

· Todd Stucke, Senior VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.

Construction Equipment Sector Board

CE Chair: Stephen Roy, President of Region North America, Volvo Construction Equip.

CE Vice Chair: Eric Sauvage, President & CEO, LBX Company LLC

• Erica Baird, Industrial Segment President, Cummins, Inc.

• Brian Bieller, President & CEO, ST Engineering LeeBoy, Inc.

• Otto Breitschwerdt, VP, Building Construction Products, Caterpillar, Inc.

• Susanne Cobey, President & CEO, Eagle Crusher Co., Inc.

• Jason Daly, Global Director, Production Systems, Technology and Marketing, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division

• Angie Drake, VP Construction, The Toro Company

• Jim Glazer, President & CEO, Elliott Equipment Company

• John Grote, Global VP Sales & Marketing, Grote Industries, Inc.

• Willie Harbert, VP, Motors, Danfoss Power Solutions, Inc.

• Dave Hughes, VP Global Sales, McElroy Manufacturing, Inc.

· Leandro Lecheta, Head of Construction Equipment Segment, CNH Industrial America LLC.

· Simon Meester, President, Terex, AWP Genie

• Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.

• Melvin Porter, President & CEO, Link-Belt Cranes

• Bryan Rich, Chairman & CEO, SmartEquip, Inc.

• Stephen Roy, President of Region North America, Volvo Construction Equip.

• Barry Ruffalo, President & CEO, Astec Industries, Inc.

• Eric Sauvage, President & CEO, LBX Company, LLC

• Ingo Schiller, President & CEO, Tadano America Corp.

• Patrick Weiler, President & CEO, Weiler