Longtime Wabash National Chairman Martin Jischke to Retire

Wabash booth at 2019 NACV
John Sommers II for Transport Topics

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Wabash National Corp., the nation’s largest manufacturer of trailers and liquid transportation systems, announced Nov. 25 that board Chairman Martin Jischke is retiring after the 2020 annual stockholder’s meeting. The company also said the board intends to appoint long-standing Director Larry Magee as the next chairman assuming his anticipated re-election as director at the annual meeting.

“It has been a great privilege to serve alongside Wabash National colleagues for the past 17 years,” Jischke said. “Their integrity, intellectual rigor, engineering innovation and commitment to making Wabash better are what make Wabash National such an extraordinary company. I’m proud to hand the reins over to Larry for the next chapter in the company’s history.”

Jischke, 78, became chairman in 2007. Before joining the board in 2002, he was the 10th president of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where he served from August 2000 until his retirement in July 2007.

In addition to his position leading Purdue, he served as interim president of the University of Oklahoma, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Rolla and president of Iowa State University.

“Looking ahead to our future,” CEO Brent Yeagy said, “we are excited to work with Larry as we continue our business transformation to be the innovation leader of engineered solutions in the transportation, logistics and distribution markets. His dedication and leadership on the Wabash National board since 2005 has been instrumental to our success and growth as an organization.” — Transport Topics

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