David Wangler Photo: Trimble

David Wangler Photo: Trimble

David Wangler, president of Trimble Transportation Enterprise, died suddenly April 26. He was 56.

Wangler joined TMW Systems as CEO in 2006, bringing more than two decades of experience in the supply chain and manufacturing software arena, having most recently served as president and CEO of Bedford, Mass.-based SupplyWorks Inc. Under his leadership, TMW acquired a number of other fleet management software companies, such as Maddocks Systems, TMT Software, IDSC, and Innovative Computing Corp. TMW was purchased by Trimble in 2012.

In a statement, Steven Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble, said, “Dave combined vision with a deep knowledge of the transportation domain and was integral to Trimble’s leadership in the transportation market. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, colleagues and friends. He will be greatly missed.”

The statement also said that Wangler “consistently represented a unique combination of integrity and a visionary’s belief in the benefits of technology.”

Bryn Fosburgh, who has been an executive with Trimble for more than 30 years, will assume Wangler’s responsibilities in coordination with TMW’s executive leadership team. The company statement noted that Fosburgh has been “a driving force behind the company’s entry into the transportation technology.”

Last year, Trimble created two divisions as part of its transportation segment, Trimble Transportation Mobility and Trimble Transportation Enterprise, to address the changing marketplace. Wangler was tapped to lead the Trimble Transportation Enterprise division, comprising TMW Systems and ALK Technologies.

At that time, Wangler noted, “A digital revolution is redefining the relationships between shippers, transportation service providers, and end users of virtually every type of product. We expect the Transportation Enterprise technologies to play increasingly important roles in helping businesses address and, ultimately, benefit from these changes.”

Visitation is Wednesday, May 2, 4-8 p.m. The funeral will be held Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m., with reception afterwards. Both will be at Kindrich-McHugh Steinbauer Funeral Home in Solon, Ohio. Any donations should be directed to Catholic Charities.

From the HDT archives – Q&A with David Wangler, President, TMW Systems (2014)