Navistar International Corporation said Monday it has appointed Bill Kozek, former PACCAR Inc. vice president and general manager of Peterbilt Motors Company, as president of its North America Truck and Parts business.
After a 26-year career with PACCAR, Kozek succeeds Jack Allen, who was promoted to chief operating officer at Navistar last month.
“Bill is a recognized and respected leader in the North America truck industry, having successfully run both the Peterbilt and Kenworth truck divisions during his career,” Troy Clarke, Navistar president and chief executive officer, says. “We look forward to the new perspectives and expanded strategic thinking he will bring to our core North America truck and parts business.”
Kozek added he was looking forward to joining the team charged with turning around Navistar’s fortunes.
“I am eager to be joining this iconic American company at this exciting point in its history,” he says. “Troy, Jack and the entire Navistar team are executing an impressive turnaround, and with its new product launches, the company is well positioned to begin winning back market share. I look forward to working with them and our dealers in helping to lead the company back to its rightful leadership position.”
Kozek will report to Allen and serve on the company’s senior leadership team.
“I have known Bill for many years and I am thrilled to have a person of his character and industry expertise join our team,” Allen says. “His tremendous experience and capabilities, combined with his winning management style, make him the right person to drive our truck and parts business back to the market-leading position in North America.”
As vice president and general manager of PACCAR’s Peterbilt division since January 2012, Kozek was responsible for all aspects of Peterbilt’s U.S. and Canadian operations.
He served as vice president of PACCAR China in 2011, where he was responsible for purchasing and business development. Prior to that, Kozek was vice president and general manager of PACCAR’s Kenworth division, which included responsibility for all U.S. and Canadian operations.