Maytag Corporation announced that it has named James A. McCaslin to the company's Board of Directors effective Sept. 22, 2003. McCaslin is currently president and chief operating officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, based in Milwaukee, WI, U.S.
"Jim McCaslin will make a superb addition to the board," said Ralph Hake, Maytag chairman and CEO. "His perspective, leadership and breadth of experience -- particularly in branding, manufacturing and enhancing Harley-Davidson's dealer network -- will be very valuable as we continue to pursue our growth strategies in the appliance industry. He understands our environment and, like Harley-Davidson, the importance of being a long-standing company with an excellent reputation and heritage."
Mr. McCaslin joined Harley-Davidson in 1992 as vice president and general manager of the company's York, PA, U.S. operations. He was appointed vice president, Continuous Improvement in 1997. In 1999, he was made vice president, Dealer Services, a position he held until accepting his current position in 2001.
Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Mr. McCaslin worked in plant management at JI Case and also has significant experience in automobile manufacturing having worked for Chrysler Corporation, Volkswagen, and General Motors' Chevrolet Division.
Mr. McCaslin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the General Motors Institute and a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech. He also attended the Advanced Management program at Harvard University. He currently serves as board chairman of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a non-profit industry coalition, and is a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.
The addition of Mr. McCaslin to Maytag's board will increase the total number of directors to 11.
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