Harley-Davidson announced that its current president and chief operating officer, Matthew S. Levatich, will take over as chief executive officer when Keith Wandell retires May 1. Levatich also was elected to the Motor Co.’s board of directors.
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“We have accomplished a lot to reposition Harley-Davidson for a bright future,” said Wandell, “and the most important achievement has been the development of great leaders at all levels of the organization. Our executive team has been integral to the creation and execution of our strategy and assuring a strong company going forward.”
The 50-year-old Levatich joined Harley in 1994. Before becoming president and COO in 2009, he held a variety of roles for the OEM in the U.S. and Europe, including vice president and general manager of parts and accessories; vice president of materials management; and president and managing director of the former MV Agusta business.
Levatich has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a graduate degree in engineering management and an MBA from Northwestern University.