In Hulstein’s new role, he will lead all aspects of product development for the company. His departmental oversight will ultimately include product engineering and design, advanced technology, and applied technology. In June of this year, Hulstein will also begin sharing leadership responsibilities for the engineering team at Link Suspensions of Canada. He will co-manage the Canadian team with his in-country counterpart, Chris English, its Managing Director. Over his 25-year career with Link, Hulstein has risen through the company’s engineering ranks. His credentials include a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Sioux Falls and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Dordt University.
Van Den Brink will report directly to Hulstein, in his own new role as Engineering Manager. Van Den Brink’s duties will now include leading the company’s product engineering staff in its Sioux Center facility. He will also guide product development teams focused on new customer projects and applications across Link’s current product lines. Van Den Brink started his engineering career with Link more than 20 years ago and brings this depth of experience with the company’s processes and staff to his new post. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Dordt University.
In June, Link will be saying its goodbyes to retiring Vice Presidents in both business development and engineering.
Having spent six of his nearly 30 years in the commercial vehicle industry at Link, Hof helped bring consistency and continuity to Link’s sales and marketing teams. First serving as Director of Sales and Marketing and later as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hof helped his team develop and hone skills and establish a tradition of professionalism in the company’s customer-facing activities. His sales and marketing duties have recently been assumed by Mike Leakey, Link’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Ott’s engineering career in the heavy truck industry spans more than 40 years, and during that time he has helped develop many new technologies and has been awarded numerous patents. Since starting his tenure at Link in 2006, he has led its engineering department through substantial growth. Ott helped design and build Link’s Applied Technology Laboratory and was at the conceptual forefront of the development of the company’s revolutionary Road-Optimized Innovation technology.