Jeffery L. Taylor has been appointed vice president-CFO of Franklin Electric Co., Inc., effective June 14, the company has announced.

Taylor will replace John J. Haines, who has retired after 13 years. He plans to support Taylor through an interim period to ensure a seamless transition, according to the Allen County company.

Taylor brings over 20 years of finance leadership experience to Franklin Electric, including most recently as the CFO of Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD).

“Jeff brings strong financial leadership, operational expertise and public company experience to Franklin Electric,” Gregg C. Sengstack, CEO and chairperson of Franklin Electric, said in the announcement. “His deep experience in supporting commercial and manufacturing organizations and proven track record of driving change that supports long-term value creation will be invaluable. I look forward to his unique perspective and skills contributing to our outstanding leadership team.”

Sengstack continued, “John Haines joined Franklin Electric in 2008, during the height of the financial crisis. He has led our finance organization through a period of significant growth, both organic and inorganic. As a key member of the Franklin leadership team, he had a significant impact on our strategic direction and made many contributions to our Company. John will be available for the balance of 2021 to assist Jeff with his transition to Franklin Electric. We wish John all the best for his future and thank him for his years of service.”

Most recently, Taylor was the CFO of Blue Bird Corporation, a leading manufacturer of school buses, since 2020. He had previously been senior vice president and chief financial officer of Wabash National Corporation from 2014 to 2020. Earlier in his career, Taylor worked at King Pharmaceuticals and Eastman Chemical Company, progressing through multiple finance positions that supported commercial and manufacturing business teams, financial planning and analysis, treasury, and investor relations.

Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

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