Terex Corp., Westport, Conn., announced the appointment of Doug Friesen as senior vice president of Terex Business System (TBS). Friesen is currently vice president and managing director of Terex Cranes Demag in Zweibrucken, Germany. He will transition to his new role over the next several months and report directly to Ron DeFeo, Terex chairman and CEO.
Friesen joined Terex in 2005 as vice president and general manager of Terex Cranes North America. In 2008 he led the team that received a Chairman's Excellence Award in recognition of the outstanding financial performance of the Terex Cranes facility in Waverly, Iowa. Prior to joining Terex, he held senior leadership roles with General Motors and Toyota, and has extensive training and experience in implementing lean business processes. Since mid-2008, Friesen has led Terex Cranes Zweibrucken operations.
"Doug Friesen will be responsible for developing and implementing the Terex Business System to accelerate the enterprise-wide transformation of Terex into a world-class, customer-focused operating company," said DeFeo. "TBS, which was initiated at Terex a few years ago, is more than an operations initiative. It will become the enterprise-wide playbook to deliver our customer, team member and financial goals. We expect that TBS will provide us with a significant competitive advantage through the use of customer-centric tools that continually enhance customer responsiveness and eliminate waste.”
Friesen will be transitioning his responsibilities for Terex Cranes Demag and new leadership will be identified in the coming months.