Jones to lead Oshkosh Corporation, replaces Szews as CEO

Freeman Staff

Sept. 17, 2015

Charles Szews
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OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Corporation announced that CEO Charles Szews will retire effective Dec. 31 and that Wilson R. Jones will replace him Jan. 1.

Jones has been with Oshkosh Corporation since 2005 and is currently president and chief operating officer of the manufacturer that makes specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies.

Szews, who has served as CEO for five years, will also retire from the company’s Board of Directors on which he has served since 2007. He joined Oshkosh in 1996 as chief financial officer and served as president and COO from 2007 to 2011, when he was appointed CEO. Jones will replace Szews on the company’s Board.

“During his career, Charlie led our company through numerous historical milestones and contributed to the company’s growth from $400 million in sales in 1996 to more than $6 billion expected in 2015,” said Richard M. Donnelly, chairman of the Oshkosh Corporation Board of Directors, in a statement. “We expect the transition of Wilson Jones to CEO to be seamless as Charlie and the Board have been preparing for this for several years.”