Roger Nielsen has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks North America plus affiliated companies Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks and Detroit Diesel Corp., effective this month. He succeeds Martin Daum, who has joined the Daimler AG Board of Management, responsible for Trucks and Buses.

Roger Nielsen

Since 2001, Nielsen has been chief operating officer for the entire DTNA manufacturing network, as well as all levels of operations in quality, supplier management, logistics, and customer application engineering. He joined DTNA in 1986 (then Freightliner Corp.) as an industrial engineer, progressing through various role in the U.S. and at the Daimler Commercial Vehicles Division in Germany.


Bruce Panveno

Bruce Panveno has joined MAX USA Corp. in Mineola, N.Y., as national accounts manager. He has over 30 years’ experience selling consumer and commercial products to national accounts across many distribution channels. He has worked closely with national chains and co-ops to increase sales and market share.

Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., a wholly owned Caterpillar Inc. subsidiary, has announced a strategic investment in busybusy, a San Francisco software development firm whose unique software application helps drive efficiencies and productivity on customer jobsites. The technology will be available to construction customers as a subscription-based service, adding to the Cat Connect suite of offerings.

“While we will continue to focus on driving productivity gains from equipment on the jobsite through our technology and services, we know this accounts for only a fraction of the costs customers are managing,” says Caterpillar Construction Digital & Technology Manager John Carpenter. “By leveraging the software developed by busybusy, we can now be able to offer labor management services for our customers, which we know is one of their most significant variable expenses on the jobsite. This investment is a natural extension of the work we are doing to offer customers a suite of digital offerings to help them be more successful.”

“Our mobile app automates labor and cost management with the contractor in mind. The real-time information helps construction companies become more efficient, productive and profitable,” contends busybusy CEO Isaac Barlow. “The investment by Caterpillar Ventures will assist in the rapid improvement and expansion of our offerings.”

Cat Connect Technologies and Services include hardware and software designed to improve customer operations, including Cat and non-Cat assets, as well as help customers leverage data generated by their assets to boost business results and strengthen their competitive advantage.

Naren Srinivasan has been appointed an executive officer of GCP Applied Technologies, Inc., in addition to his current responsibilities leading global corporate development activities, communications, customer and digital marketing, and custom applications efforts. He joined W.R. Grace & Co. in October 2015 as vice president, Strategy and Corporate Development, and transitioned to GCP Applied Technologies, with the February 2016 spinoff of the Grace Construction Products and Darex Packaging units from the heritage business.