MacDonald Retires After Three Decades Leading JLG Engineering
JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corp. company announced last week that Wayne MacDonald, senior vice president of engineering retired effective September 30, 2008, after more than 30 years with the company.
Craig Paylor, Oshkosh executive vice president and JLG president, said, "Since 1975, Wayne MacDonald has been a key member of the JLG family and instrumental to our success. He has distinguished himself as an engineer, a visionary in innovation and as a strong business leader. Wayne's commitment to customer focus, product innovation and continuous improvement has been instrumental in establishing and strengthening our global leadership position in the access industry. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Wayne for all that he has done in leading our organization, and the many enjoyable years we have spent building a great company together."
Continued Paylor, "While we will surely miss Wayne, I'm particularly pleased to be able to announce that Tim Hatch has been promoted to lead our engineering, new product and technology development, and testing and validation activities. Tim brings unique, strong expertise in lean engineering, designing for manufacturability and new product development to JLG, which will prove critical as we continue to develop products for traditional and emerging markets."
Hatch joined JLG in February 2008 as vice president of value engineering, where he focused on employing lean principles in the design, manufacturing, remanufacturing and service of JLG products. He has more than 27 years of broad-based experience in global engineering, project management and manufacturing. Prior to joining JLG, Hatch was the executive director - program management and platform engineering for Magna Closures, a division of Magna International, the fourth largest automotive supplier. He was also vice president engineering & manufacturing for Wagon Engineering Inc., where he was instrumental in driving improvements in product development and manufacturing while delivering expanded revenue opportunities. He started his career with the Ford Motor Co. in the U.K., holding progressively more responsible positions in production and engineering.
Hatch holds a bachelor's degree in manufacturing systems from Anglia Polytechnica University and a master's degree in advanced automotive engineering from Loughborough University in the U.K.
Hatch will continue to report directly to Paylor.