Morbark appoints new CEO

By Ian Vallely27 October 2016

Morbark has appointed David Herr as chief executive officer (photo by Shealah Craighead)

Morbark has appointed David Herr as chief executive officer (photo by Shealah Craighead)

Morbark, a leading manufacturer of equipment used in forestry, recycling, tree care, landscaping, sawmill and biomass markets, has appointed David Herr as chief executive officer. He replaces Dan Ruskin, who resigned due to health issues.

As well as being an active member of the Morbark board, Mr Herr brings extensive knowledge from experience with both products and services companies.

“The board is thankful for Dan’s leadership over the past six months as the company has transitioned to the next phase in its development,” said chairman Ray Whiteman. “Our thoughts are with Dan and his family, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

He added, “Morbark is fortunate to have a strong and deep leadership team and board, and we are pleased that David Herr has agreed to step into the CEO role.

Mr Herr has more than 30 years of experience in operations, supply chain management and executive management with major companies, including Navistar, GE Aircraft Engines and BAE Systems.

He has diverse business experience in the areas of heavy-duty truck manufacturing, commercial avionics, commercial ship repair, munitions production, and information and intelligence analysis. In his most recent role as executive vice president at BAE Systems, he was responsible for one of the largest government service sectors in the US with over 19,000 employees. He also currently serves as a Board Member for MHI Holdings, a ship repair contractor for the US Navy.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from St. Francis College, in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Kentucky University. He has generously donated his time to numerous charitable organizations and will be relocating from Ft. Wayne, Ind., to Winn, Mich., in the near future.

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