Navistar International announced Jeffrey A. Dokho has been named to its board of directors, effective immediately, and that Phil Christman has been promoted to president of operations.
Dokho, 42, replaces Dennis D. Williams, president of the United Auto Workers, who is retiring from the Navistar board after serving nearly 11 years as a director. Dokho is currently the assistant director of the UAW’s Research Department, where he directs a group of financial analysts and oversees the union’s financial research and analysis. He also plays a leading role in the development and implementation of profit sharing plans, including those currently in place for UAW members at General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.
“We look forward to Jeff’s contributions joining the Navistar board of directors. His manufacturing and automotive experience and knowledge will be of great value to our board and Navistar management,” said Troy A. Clarke, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer. “I also want to personally thank Dennis for his many years of distinguished service to our company. His knowledge, dedication and expertise have been invaluable to Navistar.”
Simultaneously, Phil Christman will move into his president of operations role where he will be responsible for procurement, product development, manufacturing, and supply chain. He will report to Persio Lisboa, Navistar's chief operating officer.
“Over the past two years, Phil has done an outstanding job of helping Navistar complete its turnaround and plan for the future, most recently developing our long-term growth strategy focused on driving operational excellence, growing the core business and building new sources of revenue,” said Lisboa. “Phil has the knowledge, operational experience and passion to help us further strengthen our operations.”
Christman has been with Navistar for nearly 30 years. During this time, he has held leadership roles in engineering, led Navistar's severe service and global businesses, ran the company’s procurement and supply chain functions, and most recently, served as senior vice president, Joint Strategic Operations & Planning. In that role, he led benchmarking initiatives focused on making the company more competitive and played a vital role in developing the strategy that led to Navistar’s alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus.