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SAF-Holland names new president of powered vehicle systems

SAF-Holland, a manufacturer of trailer and truck suspensions, fifth wheels, landing gear and coupling products, announced that Mike Kamsickas has been named president of the powered vehicle systems business unit, replacing Jack Gisinger, who is retiring at the end of the year.

As president, Kamsickas is responsible for the global operations, product engineering, OEM sales and strategic planning of powered vehicle systems.

With 30 years of experience in the automotive and heavy duty commercial vehicle industries, Kamsickas comes to SAF-Holland from Dayco Products, a global supplier of belts, tensioners and pulleys for the automotive, trucking, construction, agricultural, and industrial markets, according to the company. At Dayco, he held various leadership positions including president of global operations group, president of North American OE, and executive vice president. Prior to that, he held senior leadership positions with Faurecia, Valeo, and Lear, the company said.

“Mike’s extensive global business experience will benefit SAF-HOLLAND as we continue to focus on creating greater value for our customers,” said Detlef Borghardt, CEO, SAF-Holland.

The company said Gisinger will maintain his role as president of the American subsidiary SAF-Holland Inc. until his retirement at the end of 2015. During his 35 year tenure with SAF-Holland, he played a significant role in the development of the company, including the merger of SAF and the HOLLAND Group in December 2006, the company’s public offering in 2007, the successful navigation through the global economic downturn and establishing the strength the company is experiencing today, according to the company.

“Jack’s guidance during this time will ensure a smooth transition for Mike in his new role,” said Borghardt. “Having Jack work closely with Mike through the end of the year will ensure continuity of the business.”

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