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James Ziemer to step down as Harley-Davidson president in 2009

Business - James Ziemer will step down as Harley-Davidson president in 2009 - HARLEY-DAVIDSON Occasions

Harley-Davidson has just announced the departure of its CEO James Ziemer in 2009, after 40 years with the American manufacturer (Harley-Davidson, Buell and recently MV Agusta). James Ziemer will retain his functions until the appointment of his successor.

Aged 57, James L. Ziemer, CEO of the Harley-Davidson Group – Harley-Davidson, Buell and more recently MV Agusta (read) – has just informed his board of directors that he will be leaving the company in 2009, after 40 years of career with the American manufacturer. However, he will remain in office until his replacement is appointed..

"Jim Ziemer has dedicated his entire working life to Harley-Davidson and has always been a mainstay of the company"said Chairman of the Board Jeffrey L. Bleustein.

Born in 1951 in Milwaukee, the company’s headquarters in the United States, James Ziemer grew up in the neighborhood of the first Harley-Davidson factory. A true embodiment of the American Dream, he began his career there in 1969 as "freight elevator operatorHarley-Davidson recalls today, while a student at the University of Wisconsin. He then joined the manufacturer’s accounting department, where he spent most of his career..

Appointed CFO in 1990, he became CEO (President and Chief Executive Officer) on April 30, 2005, while being a member of the board of directors of Textron, an American company specializing in defense aeronautics (Bell Helicopter, Cessna, etc.).

"Working at Harley-Davidson has been an honor and a privilege, it allowed me to make the dream of my life come true", declared the future ex-CEO who points to the 464th place in the ranking of the highest incomes realized by the magazine Forbes ($ 1.37 million last year and nearly $ 20 million over the past five years). "I am extremely proud of what our amazing team of employees and salespeople have accomplished together. There are still many new and exciting things to do in the Harley-Davidson epic and I know that our employees, customers and dealers around the world, through their passion, will continue to strengthen the brand. I look forward to spending more time with my family and know that the business has tremendous opportunities for success in the years to come. !"

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