JLG parent company Oshkosh has appointed John Pfeifer as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective 1st May.
Pfeifer will be responsible for Oshkosh’s commercial business portfolio, including the access equipment, fire and emergency and commercial businesses. He will report to chief executive Wilson Jones.
Pfeifer joins Oshkosh from Mercury Marine, where he has been president since 2014. Prior to that he was vice president global operations, and a vice president of its parent company Brunswick Corporation.
In 1994 Pfeifer joined plastic technology manufacturer Cincinnati Milacron as general manager of its Valenite Canada operations, responsible for Japan and Mexico. Six years later he moved to engineering solutions company ITT Industries, as vice president of its joint venture with Sanoh Industrial - then known as HiSan - supplying fuel and fluid handling systems to the Japanese automotive industry. He also served in various general management roles in ITT’s Electronic Components division.
In 2006 he was appointed president of Brunswick Asia Pacific group, a couple of years later he became vice president of Brunswick and president of its Brunswick Marine division, responsible for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan. He was moved to Mercury Marine in 2012.
Pfeifer said: “I am excited to take on this new role to help advance Oshkosh’s key strategic initiatives and to support Oshkosh’s global operations. I look forward to working closely with Wilson and the entire team to build on Oshkosh’s momentum and positive culture as we position the company for continued success and value creation.”
Jones added: “We welcome John to the Oshkosh team and are pleased to have an executive of his calibre in this important role. John is a proven leader with a history of delivering sustained operational and financial performance. We look forward to benefiting from his expertise and experience.”