Tuesday’s Kickoff Breakfast Speaker is John O’Leary, president and chief executive officer, Daimler Trucks North America. Appointed to his current position in 2021, O’Leary is responsible for all aspects of the company and its affiliated entities, including Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), and Detroit Diesel Corporation.

Previously, O’Leary served as the Chief Transformation Officer and Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Germany, laying the foundation for its transformation and profitability improvement. Prior to that role, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of DTNA, directing operational and strategic controlling, treasury, accounting, tax, and IT functions for the company. O’Leary also previously served as the Senior Vice President of Aftermarket at DTNA, and as the president & CEO of Thomas Built Buses.

While leading the company’s Aftermarket team, O’Leary was responsible for customer experience, dealer service, distribution network development, parts sales and marketing, parts distribution, Alliance Parts, and Detroit Reman. That role also included oversight and development of DTNA’s Aftermarket Service products, including extended chassis and engine warranties, telematics, and contract maintenance.

O’Leary has more than 30 years of experience in a wide variety of leadership and financial roles for truck and electronics manufacturers. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Seattle University, and he completed the Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

O’Leary will share his insights into the great transformation that the trucking industry is embarking upon currently in the quest for greater efficiency, safety, sustainability and environmental responsibility.