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Harley-Davidson announces leadership changes

April 7, 2009
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Harley-Davidson Inc. has named Keith Wandell CEO, succeeding James Ziemer, who is retiring.

The 59-year-old Wandell currently serves as president and chief operating 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.

“Keith Wandell is a seasoned global business leader who brings tremendous energy, passion and organizational and talent development capability to his job as Harley-Davidson’s new chief executive,” said Harley-Davidson Board Member Barry Allen, who serves as the board’s 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.”

Harley also announced that Matthew Levatich will become the president and chief operating officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Levatich, 44, is currently president and managing Director of MV Agusta. In his 15 years at Harley-Davidson, Levatich has held positions of increasing responsibility in the U.S. and Europe, including vice president and general manager of the company’s Parts and Accessories business, and vice president of Materials Management.

James McCaslin moves to executive vice president for Corporate Product Planning, reporting to the CEO. In this newly created position, McCaslin has broad oversight of motorcycle product planning and development processes across Harley-Davidson, Inc. McCaslin, 60, has served as president of the Motor Company for the past eight years.

Enrico D’Onofrio, 51, assumes the post of managing director, MV Agusta. D’Onofrio joined MV Agusta as Corporate General Director earlier in 2009, overseeing all administrative functions including finance and human resources.

All three appointments are also effective May 1.

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