School bus OEM Thomas Built Buses will be starting 2010 with Kelley Platt stepping into the position as company president, succeeding John O’Leary, who has served in the role since 2002.
Platt has been serving as the general manager of business excellence since 2006. She joined the Thomas team via its parent company, Daimler Trucks North America, in 1989 as manager of treasury services, with a promotion to treasurer in 1997. A year later, Platt was involved in activities that led to the purchase of Thomas Built Buses by Daimler. Platt had previously worked in commercial banking in Portland, Ore., before joining Daimler.
O’Leary will move into a new role with Daimler Trucks North America.