LISLE, IL. — Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV) today announced it has appointed Mark Hernandez as senior VP, Global Manufacturing, effective immediately. Hernandez replaces William H. Osborne, who announced his retirement earlier this month, and will report directly to Phil Christman, president of operations.
In this role, Hernandez will be focused on lean manufacturing and waste elimination, improving both processes, and quality, as well as achieving cost savings throughout the company’s plants. Hernandez joins Navistar from McKinsey & Co., where he served as a practice expert in lean for commercial vehicles and transportation, leading lean efforts for manufacturing clients, driving savings and efficiencies.
“Mark brings a wealth of truck manufacturing experience to Navistar. I’m confident that his background in lean manufacturing will help our manufacturing operations continue the lean journey that began under Bill’s leadership,” said Christman. “I also want to thank Bill for his leadership in driving significant improvements across our manufacturing operations throughout our successful turnaround.”
“I’m excited about Navistar’s track record of improvement in its manufacturing facilities, and am looking forward to working with the team to build on this strong foundation,” said Hernandez.
Prior to joining McKinsey, he spent more than two decades at Daimler Trucks North America, most recently as the general manager for the Mt. Holly, North Carolina truck manufacturing plant. Hernandez also served as general manager for Daimler’s Cleveland, North Carolina and Saltillo, Mexico truck plants, and the director of manufacturing for Daimler’s Gaffney, South Carolina custom chassis manufacturing facility. Before joining Daimler, Hernandez worked for Corning, Inc., and prior to Corning, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
Hernandez received a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a certificate in supply chain management from Pennsylvania State University, a certificate in lean manufacturing from Villanova University, and is a Six Sigma black belt.
Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com