PeopleNet Founder and CEO to Lead Trimble’s Expanding Worldwide Transportation and Logistics Division. Acquisition of PeopleNet Confirms Commitment to Global Transportation and Logistics Market
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced the appointment of PeopleNet® founder and CEO Ron Konezny as general manager of Trimble’s worldwide Transportation and Logistics (T&L) Division.
“Since establishing PeopleNet in 1994, Ron has positioned the company as a fast-growing wireless tracking and mobile communications provider in the U.S. transportation industry. His expanded leadership role will be an asset in growing our global presence as more fleets source solutions internationally,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president of Trimble.
The announcement follows the completion of Trimble’s acquisition of PeopleNet, a leading provider of innovative and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management throughout North America. Anchoring its Americas T&L business, PeopleNet provides fleets with software and hardware solutions that help manage regulatory compliance, fuel costs, driver safety and customer service. “This acquisition and the previous acquisitions of Punch Telematix in Europe and Tata AutoComp Mobility Telematics in India confirm Trimble’s commitment to meeting the complex regulatory and operational needs of the global T&L market. The PeopleNet acquisition complements our growing portfolio of proven solutions for both emerging and developed countries,” said Fosburgh.
“Trimble’s expansion in the T&L market is timely, with companies competing in the global economy looking for more ways to be more operationally efficient. Trimble products provide a strong competitive edge in terms of improving customer service and reducing operational costs,” said Ron Konezny.
In addition to the recent expansion in the U.S. and Canada, Trimble’s growing T&L Division has strengthened its presence in India, and throughout Europe, specifically in the UK, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, Denmark and Spain, under Michel Van Maercke, Trimble’s T&L business area vice president for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Van Maercke will continue his role. Brian McLaughlin, who has been with PeopleNet since 2001 and has served as chief operating officer (COO) for the past four years, has been appointed president of PeopleNet.
PeopleNet, a Trimble Company, is focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems to improve North America’s trucking industry’s fleet management. Its products are used by nearly 1,500 truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets in the U.S. and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. Reputed for its customer-driven technological innovation, unparalleled flexibility, and proactive customer care, PeopleNet was the first technology provider to offer Internet-based communications to the transportation industry 15 years ago. Since then, the company has developed new products that continue to improve fleet management. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award.
For more information about PeopleNet visit: www.peoplenetonline.com.
About Trimble Transport & Logistics Division
Trimble Transport & Logistics, formerly Punch Telematix, is a leading provider of transport management solutions for companies of all sizes in the transport and logistics sector. The innovative and user-friendly solutions include on-board computers, wireless communication services and Web-based back-office applications that are integrated to create a seamless work flow to transform and optimize operations. With modular, scalable architecture, Trimble Transport & Logistics’ solutions can grow with the changing needs of a business.
About Trimble’s Trako Fleet and Cargo Management Solution
Trimble’s Trako vehicle and fleet management solution, acquired from Tata AutoComp Systems Limited in India, provides improved efficiency and productivity. Trako integrates GPS technology with wireless communications to provide location relevant information about vehicles in real time. The information can be accessed at pre-defined intervals or on demand from a desktop, mobile phone or customer service center. The Trako solution can also combine the moving asset location data with other business applications allowing organizations to gain insight into their assets and supply chain operations to make better decisions, optimize processes and improve productivity.
For more information, visit: www.trako.in.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.