Harley-Davidson, Inc. announced December 15, 2008 that President and Chief Executive Officer James L. Ziemer intends to retire in 2009, ending a 40-year career with the Company. A search is now underway for his replacement and/or successor. Ziemer will remain in his current role until a new CEO selected
As an avid and lifelong motorcyclist Mr. Ziemer embodies the great legacy and spirit of Harley-Davidson. He is also a native of Milwaukee and grew up in the neighborhood next to Harley-Davidson's original Milwaukee factory location on the city's west side. Mr. Ziemer started with the Company in 1969 while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When he graduated with a degree in accounting, he joined the accounting department where he spent the majority of his career. In 1990, he was named the Company's Chief Financial Officer and in 2005 was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc.
His leadership and support will be missed at Harley-Davidson as it moves forward without him.