Janik named chairman at Douglas Dynamics

Special to The Freeman

May 2, 2014

James L. Janik
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MILWAUKEE  – Douglas Dynamics, Inc., the Milwaukee-based company in the design, manufacture and sale of snow and ice equipment for light-duty trucks, announced that James L. Janik has been elected to the role of chairman by its board of directors and will continue as president and chief executive officer.

Janik succeeded Michael W. Wickham when Wickham's term expired at the time of the 2014 Annual Meeting, which coincided with his retirement plans. In conjunction with this change, the board also elected James D. Staley as its lead independent director.

"On behalf of the board and everyone at the company, I want to thank Mike for his dedicated service over the past decade,” comments Janik. “He has been a great partner for Douglas Dynamics and his leadership and advice have played an essential role in our successful corporate evolution."

"Jim has demonstrated strong leadership during his time as CEO, and has a deep understanding of the industry,” said Staley. “We are confident that he is the right person to chair our board going forward."
Janik added, "I am honored to be elected as chairman. I believe we are well positioned to execute our strategy in 2014 and beyond. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the Douglas management team to drive additional value creation for all stakeholders."