Leadership Bios


James Cannon


PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


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James (“Jim”) Cannon serves as AM General’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Cannon has over 25 years of experience in leading global companies and creating transformational growth and development across the defense and commercial industries.

Prior to joining AM General, Cannon served as Chief Executive Officer of FLIR Systems where he led this manufacturer of sensors and unmanned systems for military and industrial customers through a strategic transformation and ultimate sale to Teledyne Technologies, Inc. Prior to FLIR Systems, Cannon joined Stanley Black & Decker, Inc where he held various key leadership roles culminating in serving as President, Stanley Security for North America and Emerging Markets. Before joining Stanley, Cannon worked at Eaton Corporation where he led continuous improvement and six sigma efforts for their truck transmission manufacturing facility.

Cannon is a distinguished veteran having served in the U.S. Army for ten years as an Infantryman and Armor Officer and was deployed during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and peace enforcement operations in Bosnia.

Cannon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He currently serves as a board member and Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee for Lydall, Inc.


Robert J. Gold


EXECUTIVE VP & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER


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Robert J. (Bob) Gold is AM General’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He joined AM General in April 2017 and is responsible for finance and accounting including financial planning and analysis, pricing, government compliance, contracts management, business operations and treasury organizations. Gold has more than 30 years of experience in finance.

Prior to AM General, Gold was Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Atrenne Integrated Solutions, an integrated electronic solutions company focused on the Aerospace and defense industries, where he was responsible for finance and IT, treasury and financial reporting/planning, debt compliance and taxes.

Gold also previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Culligan International Company, Inc., United Plastics Group, Inc., and Jolly Gardner Products, Inc. He also spent 13 years at Danaher Corporation in various financial and general management positions.

Gold holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mark A. Minne


VP & CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER


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Mark Minne is AM General’s Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. He served as vice president, human resources for AM General since 2013. Prior to this role he served as Director, Human Resources since 2001 and has been with AM General since 1998. He is responsible for the full range of human resource activities, including recruiting and retention, employee communications, employee relations and collective bargaining, compensation and benefits.

Prior to joining AM General, Minne was director, human resources for Shelter Components in Elkhart, Indiana. Minne’s career began in 1992 at National-Standard Company in Niles, Michigan, and progressed through several management positions which included benefits manager. Over his 21-year career, Minne has held a variety of human resource assignments in the automotive, defense, manufactured housing and RV industries. A graduate of the University at Notre Dame, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University at Notre Dame. In 1999, Minne earned the designation of Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS).

Minne serves on the board for the Committee for the Advancement of Labor-Management Relations and the United Way of St. Joseph County. A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, he and his wife, Monica, and daughters Kayla and Rachel, now make their home in Granger, Indiana.

Tricia Sherick


EXECUTIVE VP - GENERAL COUNSEL


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As Executive Vice President and General Counsel for AM General, Sherick contributes a depth of legal knowledge and experience in both the commercial and defense industry. In this role, Sherick reports to AM General President and CEO, Andy Hove and works closely with the executive management team in providing legal guidance and insight to the overall business operations. She also provides her expert legal counsel to support current and future business growth opportunities.

Prior to joining AM General, she was a Partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in their Commercial Law, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Department and began her career there in 1999. During her tenure there, Sherick led the firm’s representation of General Motors in its historic 2009 bankruptcy. She also led efforts to implement a competency-based performance management system and served as the firm’s first Attorney Development and Recruitment Partner where she was responsible for the firm’s professional development and compensation programs for its non-equity attorneys. Sherick also co-led the firm’s Automotive and Commercial Transactions practice groups. During her tenure at Honigman, Sherick represented AM General in its commercial and defense-related transactions since 2005. Before joining Honigman, she began her career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Patrick J. Duggan in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Sherick has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers since 2010, The Best Lawyers in America since 2011, DBusiness Top Lawyer (Commercial Law) since 2013 and in the Chambers and Partners legal publication. Crain’s Detroit Business named her as one of its 40 under 40 and Michigan Lawyers Weekly has recognized her as one of its Women in the Law to Watch. Sherick was also featured in Leading Lawyer’s Magazine and recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law.

Sherick earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science, with honors and high distinction, from Ohio Northern University.

Sherick is a member of the Bar of the State of Michigan and a member of the Supreme Court for the State of Ohio. She is admitted to practice before the District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Christopher P. Vanslager


EXECUTIVE VP - U.S. DEFENSE


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Chris Vanslager assumed the role of Executive Vice President, U.S. Defense in April 2016. In this role, he is responsible for successful planning and implementation of the line of business for U.S. Department of Defense across AM General for existing and new defense programs. He joined AM General as executive director of program management in May 2010.

Vanslager’s experience spans over 30 years of military service and work in defense programs, developing and managing defense acquisitions such as the FBCB2 Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and FBCB2/Blue Force Tracking, Stryker Family of Interim Armored Vehicle, Joint Automated Test and Future Combat Systems Programs. His extensive defense industry career includes working at Northrop Grumman for over 15 years in various business units of the Mission Systems and Information Systems Sectors including the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and Ground Combat Vehicle Programs. While at Northrop, Vanslager held positions as system engineer, technical lead, project manager, capture manager, program manager, business development lead and corporate account lead.

Vanslager served in the U.S. Army as an infantry and acquisition officer, attaining the rank Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Vanslager and his wife, Doreen, now reside in West Bloomfield, Michigan. They have two adult children.

Nguyen Trinh


EXECUTIVE VP - INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE & COMMERCIAL B2B


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Nguyen Trinh is AM General’s Executive Vice President, International Defense & Commercial B2B. Prior to joining AM General, he was the Senior Director, Global Sales and Marketing, for Volvo Group Governmental Sales (VGGS) Mack Defense. In this role Nguyen was responsible for both governmental and military products sales, marketing, and program execution.

Prior to his tenure at VGGS Mack Defense, Nguyen worked at Oshkosh Defense where he held a variety of positions with increasing levels of responsibility. These positions included Senior Manager, Aftermarket Programs, where he was responsible for all international aftermarket programs to include the Add-on-Armor program in Kuwait; Senior Program Manager, Joint Programs, where he was responsible for the JLTV development program and independent suspension program; and the position of Director, International Programs, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the international defense business unit’s strategy and program execution.

Nguyen is also a former U.S. Army officer who served in both the active and reserve components. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with the 82nd Airborne Division. Nguyen has a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University and is an alumnus of the Defense Acquisition University.


Regis Luther


SR VP - ENGINEERING AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER


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As Senior Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Regis Luther leads the company’s product development and technology integration efforts.

In this role, Luther reports to AM General President and CEO, James Cannon and works closely with our executive management team in a broad array of product development initiatives that further enhance AM General’s position as a global manufacturing leader of specialty vehicles and platforms for military and commercial customers. Identifying market trends, competitor positioning and key technology applications, either through in-house development or strategic partnerships, for the company’s product portfolio are some key objectives that Luther oversees.

Luther joined AM General following an extensive and successful engineering career. Prior to AM General, he was president and owner of his own management and engineering consulting firm which included clients from Fortune 500 companies in the Defense, Electronics, and Automotive industries. He also served as Vice President, Defense Engineering, Portfolio Planning and Program Management at Navistar International Inc. Before joining Navistar International Inc., Luther worked at BAE Systems as Vice President, Business Unit Manager, Light Tactical Vehicles.

Luther holds an MBA from the University of Houston, a Master of Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Youngstown State University. Luther currently serves as a board member on Windings Inc. Luther’s prior and current board positions include Defense Automotive Manufactures Consortium, Army Science Board, and Transportation Advisory Council at Northwestern University.


John P. Chadbourne


SENIOR VP - Government Operations, Marketing and Strategy


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John Chadbourne joined AM General in July 2018. In his current role, he supports AM General business initiatives as directed by the President & CEO, providing support to all AM General Business Units by maintaining, building and strengthening regular business operations with U.S. government agencies, non-governmental agencies and key international customers. He is responsible for developing and leading government relations as part of AM General’s Corporate Strategy and is principally responsible for adding value to the company and its customers by shaping authorization and appropriations bills, legislative measures, and congressional understanding/appreciation of company programs and initiatives across all AM General’s businesses in a way that promotes sustained customer success and satisfaction and maintains the integrity and high standards of AM General. Chadbourne is also responsible for driving better integration and alignment between all revenue-related functions, including government relations, strategy, marketing, sales, customer support, pricing, and revenue management.

Prior to joining AM General, Chadbourne had a 30-year career as a Logistics Officer in the United States Army attaining the rank of Colonel where he gained extensive experience in logistics and program management. During his career, he led Logistics Units from platoon through brigade and held multiple staff positions, including the Director of Joint Logistics (J4) for all U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and the Director of Materiel in the Headquarters of the Army, G8.

Chadbourne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the University of North Georgia as well as a Master of Science Degree in Logistics Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. His professional qualifications include being designated a Certified Professional Logistician by the International Society of Logistics and Level II Program Management Certificate from the Defense Acquisition University. Chadbourne’s military education includes the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Airborne School, Support Operations Course, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.

Chadbourne served over 17 years in overseas and deployed assignments. His overseas assignments include Germany (two tours), Belgium, England and Korea. His combat and operational tours include OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM in Saudi Arabia and Iraq (1990-1991), OPERATION JOINT FORGE in Bosnia (1998), OPERATION JOINT GUARDIAN in Kosovo (2000), two tours in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq (2003) and (2007-2009), OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (2014) and OPERATION FREEDOM SENTINEL (2015) in Afghanistan.

While on active duty, Chadbourne was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), the Bronze Star Medal (three awards),the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Army Commendation Medal (five awards), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (two awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (three awards), the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two awards), the Iraq Campaign Medal (three awards), the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Airborne Badge. Chadbourne has also been permanently awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Award, Valorous Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Citation Award.


Roger Parker


SR VP - OPERATIONS


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Roger Parker is AM General’s Senior Vice President for Operations and leads the company’s Operations, Quality and Supply Chain Management organizations.

Roger Parker is AM General’s Senior Vice President for Operations and leads the company’s Operations, Quality and Supply Chain Management organizations.

In this role, Parker reports to AM General President and CEO, James Cannon and works closely with the executive management team to lead operations and ensure alignment with the corporate mission, vision, and strategy. Parker manages all aspects of production, purchasing, aftermarket fulfillment parts and services, and the quality management system.

Parker joined AM General in March 2001 with the launch of AM General’s Commercial Assembly Plant which operated as the largest contract manufacturing facility for commercial vehicles including production of the HUMMER H2, Mobility Ventures MV-1 specialty purpose vehicle, and the Mercedes R-Class SUV. In 2005, Parker accepted the role as Director of Quality and in 2015 Parker was appointed Vice President of Corporate Quality. Prior to joining AM General, Parker garnered extensive automotive manufacturing experience working for Nissan North America.

Parker holds an MBA from University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technology University. Parker serves as an executive committee member for the Indiana Conexus Advanced Manufacturing Council. Parker resides in Granger, Indiana with his wife Kellie, daughters Madison and Caroline and son Grant.


Ignacio Bonel


VP - STRATEGY & CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT


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As Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development, Ignacio Bonel manages AM General’s strategic growth agenda including corporate strategy development and identification of acquisition opportunities.

In this role, Bonel reports to AM General President and CEO, James Cannon and works closely with our executive management team in broad array of strategic initiatives that include identification of potential mergers and acquisitions as well as partnerships that align with the strategic priorities and growth paths that further position AM General as the global leader in advanced specialized ground vehicle systems and solutions.

Bonel has over 25 years of experience in the global automotive industry. Prior to joining AM General, Bonel was at Grupo Antolin, where he held multiple top executive leadership roles internationally in Corporate Development, Strategy, Innovation, Engineering, Business Development, Operations and Supply Chain. He also worked for Dana Corporation, leading supplier in integrated drivetrain and electrified propulsion systems. Bonel was also an associate lecturer at the faculty of economics and business of the University of Burgos, Spain.

Bonel holds an MBA from the Institute for Executive Development (IEDE), Spain, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Navarra, Spain, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Aided Engineering from Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom.