PeopleNet’s Konezny to head global Trimble division

Trimble has appointed PeopleNet founder & CEO Ron Konezny as gm of Trimble’s worldwide Transportation and Logistics (T&L) Division.

Trimble has appointed PeopleNet founder & CEO Ron Konezny as gm of Trimble’s worldwide Transportation and Logistics (T&L) Division.

“Since establishing PeopleNet in 1994, Ron has positioned the company as a fast-growing wireless tracking and mobile communications provider in the U.S. transportation industry,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vp of Trimble. “His expanded leadership role will be an asset in growing our global presence as more fleets source solutions internationally.”

The company also announced that Brian McLaughlin, who has been with PeopleNet since 2001 and has served as COO for the past four years, has been appointed president of PeopleNet.

The announcements follow the completion of Trimble's acquisition of PeopleNet, a provider of integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems. Anchoring its Americas T&L business, PeopleNet provides fleets with software and hardware solutions that help manage regulatory compliance, fuel costs, driver safety and customer service.

“This acquisition and the previous acquisitions of Punch Telematix in Europe and Tata AutoComp Mobility Telematics in India confirm Trimble’s commitment to meeting the complex regulatory and operational needs of the global T&L market,” noted Fosburgh. “The PeopleNet acquisition complements our growing portfolio of proven solutions for both emerging and developed countries.”

“Trimble’s expansion in the T&L market is timely, with companies competing in the global economy looking for more ways to be more operationally efficient,” said Konezny. “Trimble products provide a strong competitive edge in terms of improving customer service and reducing operational costs.”

In addition to recent expansion in the U.S. and Canada, Fosburgh said Trimble’s growing T&L Division has strengthened its presence in Australia, India, and throughout Europe, specifically in the UK, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, Denmark and Spain, under Michel Van Maercke, Trimble’s T&L business area vp for Europe and the Asia Pacific. Van Maercke will continue in that role.

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