By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer
Jim Hebe, Navistar’s senior vice president of North America sales operations, has retired.
In a news release issued Monday, Navistar said the 40-year trucking industry veteran had headed up Navistar’s marketing and North America truck sales since his return to the company in 2008.
Hebe’s career began in Boston at International Harvester, Navistar’s predecessor, in 1971 where he worked as a management trainee. Hebe was promoted to heavy truck salesman for International Trucks. He furthered his career at American LaFrance, Kenworth Truck Co. and Kenworth of Tampa, eventually being appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of Freightliner in 1992.
According to the Navistar release, Hebe left Freightliner in 2001 and headed up Clintonville, WI-based Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC. He returned to trucking in 2006 as dealer principal of Co-Van/Cascadia International. In 2008 he rejoined Navistar as senior vice president.
Hebe has been honored for several achievements within the industry, including earning the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1995. Hebe also was named an Automotive News All-Star.
To read more about recent Navistar news, including a recent International boot camp attended by Land Line, click here. A Land Line blog written in 2008 upon Hebe’s return to Navistar is available here.