Terex Corp. last week appointed Doug Friesen senior vice president, Terex Business System. Friesen is currently vice president and managing director, Terex Cranes Demag, in Zweibrucken, Germany. He will transition to his new role over the next several months and report directly to Ron DeFeo, Terex chairman and CEO.
“Doug Friesen will be responsible for developing and implementing the Terex Business System to accelerate the enterprise-wide transformation of Terex into a world-class, customer-focused operating company,” DeFeo said. “TBS, which was initiated at Terex a few years ago, is more than an operations initiative. It will become the enterprise-wide playbook to deliver our customer, team member and financial goals. We expect that TBS will provide us with significant competitive advantage through the use of customer-centric tools that continually enhance customer responsiveness and eliminate waste.
“Working in partnership with our businesses and support functions globally, Doug will ensure that all of our business activities are governed by clear and time-tested TBS principles and processes — all of which are designed to ensure workplace safety, eliminate waste and encourage a problem-solving and learning culture. Supported by TBS, Terex will be a process-driven, metrics-based organization that delivers exceptional results to all of our stakeholders.”
Friesen joined Terex in 2005 as vice president and general manager, North America, Terex Cranes. In 2008 he led the team that received a Chairman’s Excellence Award in recognition of the outstanding financial performance of the Terex Cranes facility in Waverly, Iowa. Prior to joining Terex, he held senior leadership roles with General Motors and Toyota, and has extensive training and experience in implementing lean business processes. Since mid-2008, Friesen has led Terex Cranes Zweibrucken operations.
Friesen will be transitioning his responsibilities for Terex Cranes Demag and new leadership will be identified in the coming months.
Headquartered in Westport, Conn., Terex Corp. is a diversified global manufacturer operating in four business segments: Aerial Work Platforms, Construction, Cranes, and Materials Processing.