Harley-Davidson Inc. has named Keith E. Wandell President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding James L. Ziemer, who is retiring. Wandell, 59, currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Inc., a $38 billion global company. Wandell, a 21-year Johnson Controls veteran, starts his new duties at Harley-Davidson May 1.
Harley-Davidson, Inc. Board Member Barry K. Allen, who serves as the Boards Presiding Director. His vision and values make him a great fit, and he is absolutely the right person to now lead Harley-Davidson on its exciting journey.
Regarding his appointment, Wandell commented: Harley-Davidson has a remarkable record of success and limitless possibilities. I am honored and thrilled to join the Harley-Davidson family and to have this opportunity to help it fulfill dreams, create innovative market-leading products, and expand its opportunities worldwide.
The Company also announced the following organizational leadership changes which, according to Allen, will also serve as a catalyst to drive Harley-Davidsons strategies for growth, operational excellence and leadership development going forward:
All three appointments are also effective May 1.
The appointment of Matt Levatich to the senior leadership position at Harley-Davidson Motor Company recognizes his demonstrated abilities at relationship management and as a strategic thinker and problem solver on the operations side of the business. He will be a strong leader in his expanded role, said Allen. Matts predecessor, Jim McCaslin, has done an outstanding job of leading the Motor Companys operations. His unique talents, passion for products and operational excellence, and market knowledge will now be a great asset to drive the organization forward in the critical area of product planning and development. And we also look forward to growth for MV Agusta, under Enricos leadership.
Harley-Davidson has a uniquely powerful brand, strong market leadership, and a richness of talented leaders and employees who know this business intimately. Keiths arrival and these other leadership changes make a powerful combination that will advance the great work going on all across the organization to attract new riders, grow our core rider base and expand internationally, Allen said.
On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I also want to thank Jim Ziemer for his 40 years of service to Harley-Davidson and wish him well on his upcoming retirement. All of us who have worked with Jim throughout the years have benefited from his leadership, his selfless commitment to the Company, and his contributions to making the brand one of the most admired and successful brands in the world, said Allen.