Safe Fleet Announces New Senior Vice President of Commercial Vehicle North America

December 15, 2022 – Safe Fleet is pleased to announce that Steve Kiefer has joined as their new Sr. Vice President, Commercial Vehicle North America.

Steve Kiefer replaces Brad Templeman who is retiring at the end of 2022. Based in the Safe Fleet Elmhurst, IL office, Steve will assume responsibility for the Commercial Vehicle product portfolio and market share growth for their Last Mile delivery, commercial upfitting, and video-based safety solutions.

“I am excited to join the Safe Fleet Commercial Vehicle team,” said Steve. “I look forward to growing awareness for Safe Fleet’s market-leading brands and innovative safety solutions that help keep commercial vehicle operators safe and productive.”

Steve joins Safe Fleet from Manitex, a $250M publicly traded manufacturer of truck mounted cranes and specialized lifting equipment, where he most recently served as their President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role he was responsible for successful top line and EBITDA growth across Manitex’s brands in the US, EU, and South America. 

Prior to joining Manitex, Steve was the Business Development, Sales, and Marketing VP at the Pettibone Group, a division of The Heico Companies, where he was responsible for driving global sales growth and implementing channel development strategies. He also served as the President of Intellitec Products, a provider of energy management, electronics, lighting and controls solutions into a variety of markets including the Truck and Trailer market. 

“We are pleased to have Steve on board,” said Michael Schulte, President of Safe Fleet, “With his broad experience developing and executing market growth strategies, engineering, and new product development, Steve is a great asset to further strengthen our position as the leading supplier of safety and productivity solutions for the commercial vehicle market.”

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