Bangston succeeds Jeff Sather, who will be retiring after 23 years of dedicated service at DTNA.

Transportation Transitions: Freightliner & Cummins leadership take on new roles

May 10, 2024
Freightliner and Cummins recently experienced leadership changes.

Kevin Bangston to lead Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

Daimler Truck North America recently announced Kevin Bangston's expanded role as president and CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, in addition to his current role as president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses (TBB). Bangston succeeds Jeff Sather, who will retire after 23 years at DTNA.

With more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, Bangston is well-equipped to lead FCCC into its next era of business. Bangston started his DTNA career in 2001 working in corporate finance. His success in various roles led to international leadership positions in Germany, Southeast Asia, and Japan. He returned in 2019 as the general manager of Distribution Network Development and has been serving in his current role at TBB since June 2021. Under his leadership at TBB, Bangston has helped fuel Thomas Built’s growth in the electric vehicle market, having recently announced the delivery of their 1,000th all-electric Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley school bus.

Bangston will lead FCCC and TBB teams under this new structure. He is responsible for strategic vision, overseeing operations, and driving growth across key business areas of DTNA’s Specialty Vehicles division, which includes recreational vehicles, walk-in vans, delivery vehicles, and commercial, shuttle, and school buses.

“Building a legacy of innovation requires a commitment to shared organizational goals,” said Jeff Allen, SVP of operations and specialty vehicles of DTNA. “Kevin’s extensive experience in the industry, both within DTNA and outside, will enable him to leverage the strengths of the two companies to further promote innovation and growth while keeping the customer at the center of focus.”

See also: Freightliner produces milestone 1 millionth Cascadia

Cummins promotes Alison Trueblood to VP of Cummins Emissions Solutions

Cummins recently named Alison Trueblood VP of Cummins Emissions Solutions. 

“I am thrilled to have Ali in this role at this important time in our industry,” said Jennifer Rumsey, chair and CEO, Cummins. “Ali is a dynamic and caring leader with a unique ability to drive our business forward while always keeping our customers and employees at the center of all we do.”

In her previous role, Trueblood led fuel cell and hydrogen technologies for Accelera by Cummins through many successes, including optimizing key commercial relationships, securing funding for critical programs, and shepherding a talented team. 

Trueblood has experience at Cummins in several commercial leadership roles across the engine, distribution, power generation, and Accelera businesses, serving its customers in the on-highway and industrial segments. She has developed market share growth initiatives, including evolving the European engine business and expanding regional partnerships. In addition to managing new product development programs, she has established manufacturing readiness and led businesses to increase Cummins’ profitability.

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