Oshkosh Corp., one of the largest companies in Wisconsin, this week announced a leadership transition.
Wilson R. Jones will retire as chief executive officer and as a member of the company's board, ending more than 15 years of service to the company. His retirement will be effective on April 2, 2021.
John C. Pfeifer, currently the company's president and chief operating officer, will become president and CEO on April 2.
“It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of this great Company for the last five years,” said Jones. “I am proud of the achievements we have made in our culture, products and services and know they would not have been possible without the collective efforts of our 15,000 dedicated and talented team members around the world. Oshkosh is well positioned for the future, and I believe it is the right time to welcome John Pfeifer as our next CEO. Having worked closely with John since he joined us in 2019, I have seen his commitment to our People First culture. Under his leadership, the Company will continue to drive innovation, serve our customers and advance our business around the world. I look forward to supporting John and the team to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months.”
“I am honored to lead this outstanding team,” said Pfeifer. “We have tremendous talent, a commitment to innovation and strong values that enable us to deliver essential products and services that build, serve and protect people and communities around the world. I would like to thank Wilson for his guidance and support, and the board for placing its trust in me. While we continue to navigate in an unprecedented environment, we have a strong foundation, and I am excited to build on our momentum as we continue to position Oshkosh for the future.”
Pfeifer joined Oshkosh Corp. in May 2019 and has been responsible for overseeing the Company’s Access Equipment, Fire & Emergency and Commercial segments. Upon his appointment to President in May 2020, Pfeifer also assumed responsibility for the Company’s Defense segment and the global supply chain, digital technology and marketing functions.
Prior to Oshkosh, Pfeifer led Fond du Lac-based Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corp. and the world leader in marine propulsion systems.
Oshkosh Corp. was the 6th highest-ranked company in Wisconsin in the 2020 Fortune 500, ranking #377, up from #395 in 2019, with $8.4 billion in annual revenue.