David Giroux will become the next president and chief operating officer of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) after current president and COO Tim Kraus retires early next year, the organization announced Friday.
Bill Long, president and CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), parent company of HDMA, announced the transition plan.
“The work of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association is critically important to the overall commercial vehicle industry, now more than ever,” says Long. “Our industry and our members are experiencing and driving transformational advances in vehicle technology, while at the same time adapting to shifts in the global marketplace. The choice of David Giroux is aligned with the association’s mission to champion and advance the business interests of vehicle parts manufacturers and the commercial vehicle industry. David will be taking the reins from Tim Kraus, and the HDMA leadership team knows he will keep the organization and the industry moving forward.”
Giroux will join HDMA on Jan. 4, 2021. A 25-year veteran of the industry with experience working with global OEM ledaers, tier-1 suppliers and the aftermarket, Giroux has previously held roles with Ford Motor Company, Meritor, Peterbilt Motors Company, Navistar, and Daimler Trucks North America.
In his most recent role, Giroux served as head of special projects, reporting directly to DTNA President and CEO Roger Nielsen.
“Giroux’s ascent to president and COO at HDMA will benefit the entirety of the industry,” Nielsen says. “It is critically important for the industry to harmonize and communicate on a variety of future topics, from supplier optimization to aftermarket growth, and among original equipment manufacturers themselves. Giroux is undoubtedly a superlative selection. We applaud MEMA and HDMA for this choice and look forward to enhancing our participation with HDMA.”
During Kraus’ tenure, annual revenues at HDMA increased four-fold and the association grew from 40 to nearly 200 members.
“Tim Kraus has built something remarkable at HDMA. When he retires in February, he will leave a highly-respected, full-service and supplier-focused association,” says Long. “We look forward to David Giroux adding to this legacy of excellent leadership and success.”