SHANGHAI — At a media event during the 14th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2011), Navistar named Troy Clarke to head the company’s Asia Pacific Operations.
“We are proud to have Troy on our team and leading our efforts in China,” said Daniel Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and CEO. “Troy brings valuable industry leadership to this important new role, and his experience heading GM’s Asia business will be a great fit as we look to grow in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region.”
Clarke joined Navistar in January 2010 as senior vice president, strategic initiatives, following a 35-year career at General Motors. The 56 year-old Clarke joined GM’s Pontiac division in 1973 and held numerous roles of increasing responsibility, including president and managing director of GM’s Mexico operation, vice president of manufacturing and labor relations, and president of GM Asia Pacific. Clarke holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute, as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Last September, Navistar signed joint venture agreements with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC) to develop, build and market advanced diesel commercial engines and advanced commercial vehicles in China.
“I’m proud and humbled to be leading our efforts in Asia as our joint ventures with JAC represent a significant step in Navistar’s global growth,” said Clarke. “Navistar recognizes the importance of the Chinese market. The similarities between our two nations and infrastructure growth patterns combined with our heritage of innovation best position us to help lower logistics costs and further China’s economic development goals. This venture with a strong partner such as JAC enables us to understand the market quickly as we grow our business in the Asia Pacific region.”
Formation of the joint ventures is subject to finalization of certain procedural steps and the finalization of certain ancillary commercial agreements among the parties.