Leadership Change at H-D Financial Services Unit

Publish Date: 
Jan 9, 2009

HARLEY-DAVIDSON, Inc. announced today that its CFO, Tom Bergmann, will take on the added responsibility of interim president of Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS), effective immediately.

The appointment follows HDFS president Sy Naqvi's personal decision to resign. Naqvi joined HDFS as president in February 2007. Bergmann will serve as interim HDFS president while the company conducts a comprehensive external search.

"In the current economic environment, HDFS is an especially important priority for us and Tom has been highly involved in guiding that business," says CEO Jim Ziemer. "I am confident Tom is the right person to lead HDFS through this transition."

Before joining Harley-Davidson as CFO in 2006, Bergmann was the CEO of USF Corporation, a $2.5 billion publicly traded transportation and logistics company. Bergmann also served as corporate controller and VP of Finance for Financial Services at Sears, Roebuck and Co., and in senior level positions at The St. Paul Companies, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, among other executive positions he has held.

"HDFS has a strong leadership team and I am looking forward to working with them even more closely," says Bergmann. "We wish Sy well in his future endeavors.”