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Thomas Built Buses Names Leslie D. Kilgore Vice President of Engineering

Contact:  nicholas.smith@daimler.com

High Point, N.C. – August 23, 2016 – Thomas Built Buses has named Leslie D. Kilgore vice president of engineering. Kilgore will oversee the design, development, research and testing of new technologies and innovations for Thomas Built Buses, including those in the BusWise™ Technologies platform.   

A 20 year veteran of General Motors, Kilgore brings her knowledge in product design, development, launch, innovation and technology management, with specializations in interior design, safety and public policy.

“Leslie brings a tremendous amount of experience to the Thomas Built engineering team,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “Not only has she recently worked on state-of-the-art technologies in the automotive industry, but she also has a history of using technology and innovation to make transportation even safer.  Her knowledge, dedication and commitment to safety will be a driving force for Thomas Built as we unveil new technologies in the coming years.” 

Kilgore holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University-West Lafayette and a Global Business certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is completing a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California-Los Angeles.

Kilgore is active in her community and loves all things outdoors, and looks forward to relocating to North Carolina’s Triad area. 

About Thomas Built Buses

Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America. Learn more at www.thomasbus.com or at www.facebook.com/thomasbuiltbuses.                                                                   

Thomas Built Buses, Inc., headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.


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