New leadership at Great Dane
CEO change & new President and COO of Great Dane
Bill Crown stepped down from his position Jan 1
Dean Engelage Great Dane’s president new CEO
Rick Mullininx new President and COO of Great Dane
Great Dane chief executive Bill Crown stepped down from his position at the trailer manufacturer Jan 1, with Dean Engelage, Great Dane’s president, replacing him, according to a Great Dane press release.
“It has been a privilege to serve Great Dane as chief executive officer over the past 25 years, where both our internal team and our customers feel like family,” Crown said. “Dean and I have worked closely together, and Dean has been a terrific leader and president for Great Dane. I step aside with confidence that Great Dane is in good and capable hands.”
“I am honored to accept my new role as chief executive of Great Dane,” Engelage said. “I look forward to working with our dedicated team to further the company’s market leadership and equip our customers for the future, while maintaining the first-class customer experience they expect from us.”
Engelage joined Great Dane in 2011 as executive vice president of sales and strategic planning and was later appointed president in 2013. Prior to Great Dane, Engelage worked for American Airlines and General Dynamics in marketing, purchasing and finance, and most recently spent more than 16 years in various management positions with CC Industries, the management company that manages the Crown family’s portfolio of companies.
Additionally, Crown and Engelage announced that Rick Mullininx has succeeded Engelage as president and chief operating officer of Great Dane.
“Great Dane is an exceptional company and I take on this new position with excitement and humility,” said Mullininx. “Great Dane’s legacy is a customer-focused approach during every interaction and at every stage of production, providing exceptional equipment that performs well under the most challenging conditions. I’m honored to be part of a legacy that is family-oriented yet future-focused.”
Dean Engelage said, “I am delighted to have Rick Mullininx step up to take over responsibility for the day-to-day leadership of the Great Dane Team. I know he will do a terrific job.”
Mullininx has been with Great Dane for 40 years and served in various engineering and manufacturing roles within Great Dane for all that time, which makes him one of the company’s most senior associates. He now is executive vice president of engineering, responsible for product design, production engineering, manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, and customer service.
About Great Dane
Great Dane is a leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum, and combo platform trailers. Great Dane has a storied history in the commercial trucking industry and is a driving force in trailer technology, innovation, quality, and customer service. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with additional corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has 11 manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned service centers and full-line independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and pre-owned trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at Greatdane.com