05.21.12 - Executive Promotions to Drive PeopleNet's Continued Growth through Innovation
Newly Named President McLaughlin names new Head of Technology and fills operations, sales and marketing slots with company veterans
MINNEAPOLIS, May 21, 2012—– PeopleNet®, a leading provider of innovative and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management, today announced that Mark Botticelli has joined the company as EVP and head of technology, and several company veterans have been promoted to executive-level positions to drive the company’s continued growth through innovation. Brian McLaughlin recently replaced former PeopleNet Founder and CEO Ron Konezny, who was named general manager of Trimble’s expanding Worldwide Transportation and Logistics (T&L) division. Konezny said, “Brian’s leadership of marketing, product development, communications, and sales programs over the last 10 years has helped garner double-digit year-after-year growth. As head of what we consider to be the North American crown jewel of our T&L efforts, he has rounded out a leadership team that has inspired incredible growth. The appointments of these proven talents will continue to develop, introduce, and support technological advancements that will help the transportation industry operate more efficiently and safely.”
Botticelli brings 25 years of experience providing technology innovation, strategic leadership and superior product delivery. He is responsible for PeopleNet’s North American technology strategy and product delivery across wireless, software, hardware, infrastructure and quality assurance. He previously led the development of several mobile worker-centric and vehicle-centric applications within Trimble’s Mobile Resource Management business.
New Senior Sales Vice Presidents Garland Jackson and Mark Kessler are assuming more market management authority and will be collaborating with Jamie Williams, president of PeopleNet Canada, on key operating issues.
Jackson, in addition to leading regional accounts, is adding small markets, sales operations and sales engineering to his gamut, and will focus on common processes across the U.S. Prior to joining PeopleNet 12 years ago, he held senior management positions at United Parcel Service (UPS) in ground and air operations, customer service, product and business development, and sales and marketing. He also was heavily involved in the launch and deployment of UPS’s first wireless communication service initiative and research development for UPS subsidiary World Wide Logistics.
Kessler will continue to manage the growth of national accounts while overseeing PeopleNet’s expansion into Mexico and other strategic markets. Kessler, who sits on the NPTC Advisory Board, serves on several committees of the ATA, and has served on the TCA Board of Directors. The former publisher / associate publisher for several Randall Reilly Publishing trucking publications and co-founder of Trucking Co. Magazine (now CCJ), and TCA's Commercial Carrier University has been invited to speak at more than 30 transportation conferences.
Rick Ochsendorf, former operations vice president, is now senior vice president of operations and product management with added product strategy and management responsibilities. Ochsendorf had nearly 20 years of transportation experience before joining PeopleNet, having spent more than nine years at Berger Transfer and Storage in the accounting, sales and operations, followed by 10 years at Q Carriers leading the operations, maintenance and recruiting. During Ochsendorf’s leadership of PeopleNet’s operations over the past six years, he developed the Professional Services program to reinforce the company’s focus on creating ROI for customers.
About the appointments, McLaughlin said, “This team combines Trimble and PeopleNet experience and success. In addition to their individual and collective track records, they have the leadership skills and expertise to drive growth and profitability.”
PeopleNet is exclusively focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems to improve North America’s trucking industry’s fleet management. Its products are used by nearly 1,500 truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. Reputed for its customer-driven technological innovation, unparalleled flexibility, and proactive customer care, PeopleNet was the first major technology provider to offer Internet-based communications to the transportation industry 15 years ago. Since then, the company has aggressively developed new products that continue to improve fleet management. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award. PeopleNet is part of Trimble’s® (NASDAQ: TRMB) international Transportation and Logistics division. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.