Watch Now


Jim Walenczak named Kenworth Truck Co. general manager

13-year veteran also named a Paccar Inc. vice president

Jim Walenczak, a 13-year Kenworth Truck Co. veteran, was named general manager of the Paccar Inc. brand, succeeding Kevin Baney. (Photo: Kenworth)

Kenworth Truck Co. veteran Jim Walenczak has been named general manager of the Paccar Inc. brand and vice president of the parent company.

Walenczak has worked at Paccar for 13 years. His previous responsibilities included Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. He also served in fleet, region and general sales manager positions at the century-old brand. He also was assistant general manager of operations at Paccar Parts.

Walenczak succeeds Kevin Baney. He will serve as Paccar senior vice president responsible for Kenworth, the Paccar Information Technology Division and Dynacraft, an advanced manufacturing business focused on parts assemblies.

“This is a dynamic and exciting time in the transportation industry. And I am honored to step into this new role at Kenworth at a time when we are building on our core values of quality, innovation and technology to create the transportation solutions our customers need and want,” Walenczak said in a news release.

Walenczak holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington. He attended the Stanford Executive Program in 2023. Walenczak is based at Kenworth headquarters in Kirkland, Washington.

Kenworth celebrates century of truck making with special editions


Kenworth taps another former chief engineer as general manager

Click for more FreightWaves articles by Alan Adler.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Alan Adler

Alan Adler is an award-winning journalist who worked for The Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press. He also spent two decades in domestic and international media relations and executive communications with General Motors.