Spartan CEO ‘Confident’ about New Emergency Response Hire

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Spartan Motors hired Daniel Slater as president of its Emergency Response business reporting to Daryl Adams, Spartan’s incoming President and CEO, according to a recent news release.

“Dan has successfully led a business similar to Spartan Emergency Response – a strong brand in need of improved operating performance,” John Sztykiel, Spartan’s retiring president and CEO said. “We are confident that he will provide the leadership needed to grow profitably and deliver to our customers and dealers the highest quality, best performing fire apparatus available.”

Slater was most recently vice president and general manager of Terex Cranes Inc., a manufacturer of rough terrain cranes, truck cranes and boom trucks with annual revenues of approximately $500 million.

“I am excited to welcome Dan to Spartan as president of our Emergency Response segment,” Adams said. “Dan brings extensive experience and the skills needed to lead the resurgence of Spartan Emergency Response. He has demonstrated his ability to turn a loss-making operation into a significantly profitable business and to improve operating metrics through the application of Lean Manufacturing principles. I look forward to working with Dan as we accelerate the pace of change in the Emergency Response business.”

Before joining Terex Cranes, he was president of the Manufacturing Performance Solutions group of RWD Inc., a management consulting and training firm. He held manufacturing management positions for BMW Manufacturing Corp. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing USA and Volkswagen of America.

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