Great Dane President Kit Hammond will be stepping down from his current day-to day-position in preparation for retirement, he said.
Jim Pines, executive vice president, will be assuming the daily administrative operations of the company as well as continuing to oversee manufacturing operations.
Chris Adkins, senior vice president of sales and marketing, will assume the sales operations portion of Hammond’s responsibilities.
Hammond, who was named president in May 1997, will remain on the Board and will take an active role in customer relations such as attending trade shows and other events.
Hammond began his career with Great Dane in 1963 as an engineer and moved into sales in 1966. He was named vice president of sales in 1984 and promoted to executive vice president and general manager in 1996, a year before he was named president.
“The time has come, if not passed, for me to retire,” said Hammond,. “I have enjoyed more than 40 years of service with Great Dane, carrying on a family legacy that started in the 1930s with my father.” Hammond’s father, Chris Hammond, Jr., joined Great Dane as a sales representative in Orlando, Florida in 1937 and later served as president and chairman of Great Dane’s Board of Directors.