The changes are part of a strategic alignment aimed at strengthening dealer partner support, refining product innovation and quality, and improving operating margins across THOR brands.
Ryan Juday, with 23 years at THOR, has been appointed as president of KZ RV. Kyle Kwasny, a 19-year industry veteran, will take the helm as president of Heartland RV. Troy James, who has been with Dutchmen for over 11 years, will lead as president of Dutchmen RV.
These appointments reflect the company’s commitment to aligning its talented leaders with the vision of each operating company, according to a press release.
The leadership changes are part of THOR Industries’ overarching strategy to ensure long-term success in the RV industry. The tragic loss of KZ’s president necessitated a comprehensive evaluation of talent, leading to these strategic appointments.
The RV industry is witnessing a shift towards reaching a younger demographic, and THOR Industries is at the forefront of this change.
The expectations with the fundamental leadership changes in the RV companies are anticipated to align with the company’s vision and long-term success. The company believes that experience and fit within an organization are essential to long-term success in the RV industry.
Matt Zimmerman and Chris Hermon, two of THOR’s most experienced company leaders, will assume the roles of RV group managers, overseeing multiple THOR subsidiaries. The change will provide incremental support to subsidiary leadership, improving focus and helping achieve key goals on an accelerated basis.
In their new positions, Matt and Chris will focus on assisting U.S.-based operating companies in realizing key strategic initiatives. These initiatives are designed to improve offerings to dealers and retail customers, increase engagement with employees, and improve operating margins.
Several subsidiary leadership changes were announced, including promotions within Keystone RV, Heartland RV, and CrossRoads RV. These changes reflect THOR’s continuous focus on improvement and commitment to the future.
The leadership changes are an essential step in THOR’s strategy, enabling the company to better serve its employees, customers, end consumers and shareholders. The move is a strong statement of THOR’s focus on continuous improvement in what they are doing and how they are doing it.