Oshkosh's Bohn passes off the wheel

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Oshkosh Corp. Chairman and CEO Robert Bohn will soon take his last spin behind the wheel of high-tech military vehicle. Bohn, who shared with Insight in a March 2010 cover story that he enjoys driving some of the vehicles made by the company on its testing field to relax, will retire as CEO at the end of the year.

Bohn will be replaced by current president and chief operating officer, Charles Szews, who has been with the company since 1996. Bohn will stay on as chairman until the defense contractor and specialty truck maker’s annual meeting in February when he’ll be replaced by board member Richard Donnelly. Szews and Donnelly’s appointments are part of the company’s succession plan.

Since joining Oshkosh in 1992, Bohn oversaw the acquisition of 16 other companies, transforming the company into a multi-billion dollar international corporation and a Fortune 350 company. He put an emphasis on new product development and innovation, which has paid dividends in the past two years as the company has U.S. military contracts worth billions of dollars.

Under Bohn’s leadership, Oshkosh Truck grew into one of the largest employers in the New North and the top of a supply chain affecting 1,400 firms across Wisconsin.