Brent Yeagy has officially assumed the role of president chief executive officer as part of a planned transition after Richard J. Giromini announced he was stepping down from the role late last year.

Brent Yeagy  -  Photo courtesy Wabash National

Brent Yeagy

Photo courtesy Wabash National

Yeagy was previously the company’s president and chief operating officer and has been with Wabash National for more than 15 years. Giromini will remain the company as an executive advisor through June 1, 2019, after which he will retire.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend my sincere gratitude and admiration for Dick’s many contributions in his 11 years as CEO,” said Martin Jischke, Wabash National chairman of the board. “As CEO, Dick changed Wabash National from being primarily a dry van manufacturer to the growing, diversified manufacturer it is today. The Board is confident that new CEO Brent Yeagy— a talented, energetic and experienced leader— will build on the foundation Dick put in place and carry Wabash National’s legacy of innovation and growth into the future.”

Yeagy joined Wabash National in 2003 and has held a number of positions, including vice president of manufacturing, vice president and general manager of commercial trailer products, and senior vice president and group president of commercial trailer products. Before coming to Wabash National, Yeagy worked for Delco Remy International. He also served in the United States Navy from 1991-1994.

“I’m fortunate to have spent the last 15 years at Wabash National under the leadership of Dick Giromini. He created a strong foundation,” said Yeagy. “The next chapter at Wabash National will capitalize on the pillars Dick implemented: focus, lean manufacturing, company culture, and a strategic plan for growth and diversification. In the spirit of continuous improvement that Dick brought to Wabash National, we will now shift toward acceleration of our strategy as we look to provide greater value for all of our stakeholders.”

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