David Withers, president/CEO of Jacobsen, says he is leaving the company at the end of this month after 24 years of service.
In an email response to GCM, Withers says he decided the timing was right to step away after it was announced earlier this year that Jacobsen and Textron Specialized Vehicles would integrate operations and move from Charlotte, N.C., to Augusta, Ga. The completion of merging operations is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
"As such, my role would have moved to Augusta, and I decided that this was not something that I wanted to do and felt that the timing was right for us to start looking at a move back to the UK," Withers wrote. "I also think that the merger of the two brands will work better if it is truly integrated, and I think that integration will be easier and more complete without there being an incumbent president of Jacobsen in the mix."
Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles, will have the same title now at Jacobsen.