Ricardo, Inc. – the North American subsidiary of Ricardo plc – has announced the appointment of experienced military and defence professional John Stoddart to its board as a non-executive director.
John Stoddart is currently president of Stoddart Solutions Support, LLC, a management consulting firm. Previously, he was an executive vice president at the Oshkosh Truck Corporation and president of the Oshkosh defence business. He joined Oshkosh in 1995 and was appointed an executive member of the board of directors in 2001. During his time at Oshkosh, Stoddart developed a strategic plan that grew defence sales and revenue from $450 million to more than $2 billion.
“Ricardo is dedicated to providing new solutions for the defence industry, with particular emphasis on fuel efficient and autonomous vehicles,” said Kent Niederhofer, president of Ricardo, Inc. “John Stoddart’s experience and guidance will help Ricardo to continue to position itself as a leading provider of engineering solutions to the defence sector.”
Stoddart served in the U.S. Army for more than 27 years and retired as a colonel. Prior to his military retirement, he was programme executive officer for tactical wheeled vehicles. Stoddart attended the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Army War College, and the Defense Systems Management College. He also served on exchange with the British Armoured Corps and attended the Long Armour Infantry Course in the United Kingdom. Stoddart earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, a master’s degree in business administration from Babson College, and attended the Senior Officials and Security Intelligence programme at Harvard University.
He is an active member of the Association of the United States Army, served on the Wisconsin Procurement Institute Board of Directors and on the Chancellor’s Board of Directors at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Stoddart was a board member of the National Defense Industrial Association; the former chair of the Industrial Committee for Test and Evaluation, he also served on the Defense Ethics Committee. In 2004, he received the U.S. National Guard Patrick Henry Award and has been inducted into the U.S. Army Ordnance Hall of Fame.
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