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April 27, 2018 6:00 PM, EDT
Trimble’s David Wangler Dies at 56
Trimble's David Wangler Trimble's David Wangler at 2017 In.sight user conference. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

David Wangler, president of TMW Systems and Trimble’s transportation software division, died suddenly April 26. He was 56.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

“Dave combined vision with a deep knowledge of the transportation domain and was integral to Trimble’s leadership in the transportation market,” Trimble CEO Steven Berglund said. “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, colleagues and friends. He will be greatly missed.”

Wangler, who joined TMW as the company’s president in 2006, guided the trucking industry’s largest provider of transportation management software for more than a decade during a period of rapid technology adoption.

After Trimble purchased TMW in 2012 for $335 million, Wangler continued to lead the company as president of Trimble Transportation’s Enterprise division, which also includes routing and navigation software firm ALK Technologies. In 2017, he oversaw Trimble’s acquisition of 10-4 Systems, a provider of shipment-tracking technology.

Dave combined vision with a deep knowledge of the transportation domain and was integral to Trimble’s leadership in the transportation market.

Trimble CEO Steven Berglund

Trimble said Bryn Fosburgh will assume Wangler’s responsibilities in coordination with TMW’s executive leadership team. Fosburgh, an executive at Trimble for more than 30 years, was a “driving force” behind the company’s entry into the transportation technology sector, the company said.

Before becoming part of Trimble, TMW expanded its product lines through a series of acquisitions under Wangler’s leadership. TMW purchased Maddocks Systems in 2006, TMT Software and Integrated Decision Support Corp. in 2007, Innovative Computing Corp. in 2009 and Appian Logistics Software in 2011. The company also added software integrations with a plethora of other transportation technology providers.

Prior to joining TMW, Wangler served in executive management positions at SupplyWorks (now a part of Made2Manage Systems), Baan, SKYVA International and Wonderware Corp.

Wangler, who lived in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was born March 8, 1962, in Buffalo, N.Y., to John and Nancy Wangler.

He graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in electrical engineering. He was a bassist in local band Everything Must Go, the bassist in Holy Angels Youth Band and a mentor in the Catholic Charities Refugee Program.

Wangler is survived by his wife Michele Misko-Wangler, daughters Alexis, Brooke and Mackenzie, and brother Russell.

Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. on May 2 at Steinbauer Funeral Home in Solon, Ohio. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on May 3 at Church of the Holy Angels in Chagrin Falls.

Any donations should be directed to Catholic Charities (http://ccdocle.org).