ITASCA, Ill. - David B. Templeton recently assumed duties as vice president of human resources (HR) for Hendrickson, announced Gary Gerstenslager, president and chief executive officer.
Templeton most recently served in a dual role leading Hendrickson's HR functions company-wide and also serving as director of HR for Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems in Canton, Ohio. David Decker has joined the organization replacing Templeton at Hendrickson trailer.
"This move will allow Dave (Templeton) more time to focus on human resources company-wide by providing strategic direction for the company's HR initiatives," Gerstenslager said. "He will lead organization change, the assimilation of new businesses into Hendrickson, leadership development, performance development and the execution of human resource systems. Dave (Templeton) will also continue to direct the HR Excellence Team."
Templeton came to Hendrickson in 2000 from TRW Inc., where he served for some 21 years in a number of roles including director of human resources for the engine components group.
He earned a master of arts degree in business management with a concentration in human resources from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and a bachelor of science degree in business management with a concentration in human resources from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
Decker will be responsible for all HR functions throughout the trailer division and will report directly to Perry Bahr, vice president and general manager of Hendrickson trailer. Decker will be a member of Bahr's management team and also on the company-wide HR Excellence Team.
Decker comes to Hendrickson from Kennametal, Inc., where he served as director of HR. He started his career at Manchester Tool Company in Akron, Ohio, and was promoted to director of HR at Federal Signal Corporation following their acquisition of Manchester Tool.
He brings a broad range of HR experiences, both on the corporate and plant levels including experience in labor and employee relations as well as talent and management development.
He earned a masters of business administration degree from Ashland University and holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering technology from Kent State University. Decker also was graduated from the Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan and holds senior professional certification through the Society for Human Resources Management.
Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a premier global manufacturer and supplier of truck and tractor suspensions; trailer suspensions, controls and loose axles; truck and trailer lift axles; bumpers and trim components, and truck, tractor and trailer springs to the commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Itasca, Ill., continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry after more than 90 years. Visit the Hendrickson Web site at www.hendrickson-intl.com.