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ZF taps Plenchette to lead America’s Commercial Vehicle Controls Systems

Photo courtesy of ZF
Photo courtesy of ZF

ZF is announcing a change in leadership within the Commercial Vehicle Controls Systems (CVCS) Division, with the retirement of Jon Morrison, president, CVCS, Americas, at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Julien Plenchette, who currently serves as the Americas Region OEM Truck, Bus, Car & Fleet Business Leader.

As the new vice president, Americas, CVCS Division, Plenchette will have full P&L responsibility for the division in the region and will oversee all planning, finance, sales, marketing, engineering, product development and manufacturing activities. He will continue to lead the sales organization in North America including OE Truck, Bus, Specialty, Car and Fleets. He will report to Fredrik Staedtler, executive vice president of CVCS.

Plenchette joined the company in his current position in May 2019. As a member of the regional leadership team, he has been instrumental in developing Americas’ strategy and driving service excellence that has strengthened customer relationships and led to key commercial wins. He brings to this new appointment an expansive background in commercial sales, finance, engineering, manufacturing operations management and executive leadership. He has extensive global experience within the automotive and commercial vehicle industries that makes him superbly qualified to lead the Americas team.

“In the short time that Julien has been with ZF, he has been instrumental winning new business and building relationships with new customers. Equally important has been his emphasis on developing his sales team through training and mentoring. Julien will bring that same passion as he continues to pursue new opportunities for the CVCS division and its employees in the Americas,” said Staedtler.

Morrison and Plenchette will work together during a transition period from now through December 31, 2020. Their close collaboration will help ensure a smooth handoff and continuity of leadership for employees, customers and stakeholders in the region.