Truckmaker Navistar International has announced changes to senior leadership appointments as it moves into the next phase of its global business strategy. 


Phil Christman, president of operations at Navistar

Phil Christman take on more responsibilities in his role as president of operations at the truckmaker. Christman will now oversee export business out of the Brazil, Mexico and Global Export divisions, as well as looking after procurement, product development, manufacturing and supply chain. Bernardo Valenzuela, president of global operations and Jose Luzzi, vice-president of global sales Brazil, now report directly to Christman rather than president and CEO, Persio Lisboa.

Christman has worked for Navistar for more than 30 years in a range of senior roles across engineering, procurement, strategy and planning.

In other role changes at Navistar, Friedrich Baumann has accepted the role of president of sales, marketing and aftersales. Baumann will be responsible for the complete commercial process for customers and dealers, and will continue to serve as liaison with Navistar’s alliance partner, Traton Group, the commercial vehicle wing of VW Group.

Meanwhile, Robert Walsh has accepted the position of vice president of emerging technologies, strategy and planning. He will manage the recently announced partnership with TuSimple, the self-driving technology company, and will oversee the development of Navistar’s newest business unit, Next eMobility Solutions. Navistar said Walsh will also champion the company’s Navistar 4.0 strategy through his leadership of the Strategy and Planning group.

“I’m pleased to announce these three new strategic appointments to our company’s leadership team,” said Persio Lisboa. “They have successfully applied their expertise and have continually proven their value to the organisation. I’m confident they are the right leaders to accelerate the pace of our progress toward our Navistar 4.0 business strategy.”