Oshkosh’s Wilson Jones Adds CEO Role

Oshkosh Corp.

Oshkosh Corp., a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies, named Wilson Jones as its CEO, effective Jan. 1.

He is currently the company’s president and chief operating officer, a post he has held since August 2012.

Jones joined the company in 2005. He succeeds Charles Szews as CEO. Szews stepped down Sept. 15.

Oshkosh Corp. won an initial contract Aug. 25 from the Army for its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a $30 billion program.

The Army plans to purchase about 55,000 of the multipurpose land vehicles for its troops and the Marine Corps through 2040 as a better-armored replacement for the Humvee. The other two competitors for the contract were Lockheed Martin Corp. and AM General, the Humvee’s maker.

The initial contract, including options, is valued at $6.75 billion for about 17,000 vehicles, the Army said in a statement.