Sweden-based Dometic Group, global supplier to the RV, marine, lodging, truck, automotive and medical markets, recently appointed a new president and CEO.
According to a press release, Roger Johansson took the helm on Nov. 8 and began touring the United States to get familiar with the company’s operations and markets. He also attended the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., in late November, and was impressed by the industry’s optimism for the coming year.
“Roger was accompanied at the RVIA show by Doug Whyte, president of Dometic Americas,” said Dave Schutz, vice president of OEM sales and marketing. “He was impressed by the quality and innovation across the board, and how well Dometic’s advances and product ideas resonated with the newest and smartest RV developments.”
While the global economy is not as strong as it has been in the past, Johansson noted that it is encouraging to see the American RV market is actually growing. Dometic’s RV division has also enjoyed growth in the last couple of years as manufacturing and assembly operations have moved to Elkhart, Ind., from both Sweden and Mexico, adding over 200 jobs.
Johansson previously served as CEO of BE Group, a leading trading and services group in steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Other prior experiences include vice president of General Motors in Europe and president of Trelleborg Automotive in Sweden.
“Roger’s background in the automotive industry provided him with a real appreciation for some of the unique products at the show,” Schutz said. “He’ll be returning to the U.S. again in a couple months and is looking forward to visiting many of our OEM customers.”