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Hebe retires, Navistar adds two to board

| October 08, 2012
Jim Hebe

Navistar announced today, Oct. 8, the retirement of James L. Hebe, senior vice president of North America truck sales for the company, a position he has held since 2008.

“Jim Hebe has been a significant figure in our industry for four decades,” Jack Allen, president, Navistar North America Truck & Parts, said in a press release. “We have benefited greatly from his many contributions, perhaps none more important than Jim’s passion for developing deep customer relationships, which has become embedded within Navistar’s sales and marketing team. We thank him for his service and wish him the best in retirement.”

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Hebe began his career at International Harvester (Navistar’s predecessor) in 1971 as a management trainee in Boston. He later became a heavy truck salesman for International Trucks. After leaving the company, Hebe held leadership roles with American LaFrance, Kenworth Truck Company, and Kenworth of Tampa. In 1992, he was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Freightliner in 1992.

After leaving Freightliner in 2001, Hebe became head of Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC in Clintonville, Wis. He returned to the trucking industry in 2006 when he became dealer principal of Co-Van/Cascadia International, before rejoining Navistar two years later in his current role.

Among Hebe’s numerous industry accomplishments is the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1995, one of the few trucking industry executives to earn this distinction; and being named an Automotive News All-Star.

  • honesttjohn

    Looks to me like he got fired again

  • Truckinsider

    That’s funny, when Hebe was at Freightliner he claimed that he began his career as a salesman for American LaFrance. That was why he was so anxious to acquire LaFrance while he was CEO at Freightliner — he had a sentimental attachment to it. Now he claims that he started his career at International. Apparently the facts change to suit the circumstance. I wonder if American LaFrance fired him too? strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.