Claas Expands Management Team, Restructures Service Ops

Posted on January 19, 2012

In moves taken to better manage its anticipated growth, Claas of America said it has expanded its senior management team, while also restructuring its service organization, said Leif Magnusson, president of Claas and regional director Americas.

On the management side, Mark Oehmke has joined Claas of America as vice president of sales. Most recently the director of sales, marketing and dealer development at Terrex Road Building, Oehmke was at one time the senior sales director for Case New Holland's construction, agricultural and government accounts. He was also the vice president and general of Michigan Cat’s power systems division, as well as a regional engine and parts sales manager for Caterpillar Inc.

Bob Armstrong has been promoted to vice president of product and marketing. He has been with the company for 22 years and worked in Claas’ forage harvester business, as well as its North American Lexion combine harvester business in.

Holger Krumel, recently named executive vice president of finance and CFO for Claas North America Holding Inc., will be responsible for financial business development, human resources and information technology services in North America.

Claas has also restructured its service organization to improve the support of their North American dealer network. Craig Hoskinson, North American service manager said, “We’ve enhanced the service department to make it easier to get the right service specialists wherever they need to be to address any service issues that may arise.”

Magnusson said, “Claas has experienced tremendous growth over the last couple of years and similar growth is projected well into the future. To ensure the company is structured to provide the greatest possible support for our dealers and innovative new products for the growers of North America, we’ve expanded and restructured our senior management team.”