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https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2019/10/25/harley-davidson-removes-president-of-global-brand.amp.html?fbclid=IwAR3lb3cxd2e5lBPKNwr6wg8iXrT4DCNuMOxRig4PyvuW1DrMea0ezKiKZkQ

Harley-Davidson removes president of global brand development Neil Grimmer

"His departure comes after an internal inquiry along with a third-party investigation into concerns that his judgement and conduct as a senior leader did not align with our culture and the values we expect all our employees to demonstrate," a Harley-Davidson spokesperson said via email.

"Grimmer had most recently worked as CEO of Habit, a personalized nutrition life science company he had founded. Grimmer was a direct report to Levatich, and his duties ranged from product planning, marketing and retail to communications."

"Based upon our internal inquiry along with the findings of this third-party investigation, we determined that Mr. Grimmer leaving Harley-Davidson was the appropriate course of action. Harley-Davidson takes all matters related to workplace conduct and our Valued Behaviors very seriously. All Harley-Davidson employees, regardless of level, are expected to follow our Code of Business Conduct and Valued Behaviors," a Harley-Davidson spokesperson said via email.


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His judgement and conduct as a senior leader did not align with our culture and the values we expect all our employees to demonstrate.
All Harley-Davidson employees, regardless of level, are expected to follow our Code of Business Conduct and Valued Behaviors.

Sounds like good reasons.
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Must have been something pretty bad. 
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maybe a case of #metoo
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maybe a case of #metoo

That was my first thought.  Sounds like it was multiple complaints for the same type of behavior.
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Perhaps they found out he once owned a BMW K1600 and a GoldWing...or, worse yet, was shopping for one.
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Grimmer was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.... :huepfenlol2: :nervous: ;D :bananarock:

get it?
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Grimmer was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.... :huepfenlol2: :nervous: ;D :bananarock:

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Re: Harley-Davidson removes president of global brand development Neil Grimmer
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2019, 06:44:23 PM »

https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2019/10/25/harley-davidson-removes-president-of-global-brand.amp.html?fbclid=IwAR3lb3cxd2e5lBPKNwr6wg8iXrT4DCNuMOxRig4PyvuW1DrMea0ezKiKZkQ

Harley-Davidson removes president of global brand development Neil Grimmer
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"Grimmer had most recently worked as CEO of Habit, a personalized nutrition life science company he had founded. Grimmer was a direct report to Levatich, and his duties ranged from product planning, marketing and retail to communications."

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I am sure running a "personalized nutrition life science company" made him fully qualified to sell motorcycles.

When is HD going to return to their roots and bring in real motorcycle lovers.
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Re: Harley-Davidson removes president of global brand development Neil Grimmer
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2019, 08:07:03 PM »

Is this the guy HD recently hired that at one point worked for a soup company? 
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Re: Harley-Davidson removes president of global brand development Neil Grimmer
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2019, 09:53:25 PM »

Is this the guy HD recently hired that at one point worked for a soup company?

Yes he sold his organic baby food company to Campbell Soup. His background includes Cliff Bar, that organic baby food company, a human food for pets company, and most recently a personalized nutrition company.  Of course he was considered with his background to be a perfect match for the leading manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles in the world. Am guessing he was working on a line of HD Syn 3 organic soup that did not turn out as well as expected.

HD apparently is managed by a confederation of dunces, and as such they seem to be attracting more of the same.

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Re: Harley-Davidson removes president of global brand development Neil Grimmer
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2019, 01:37:20 PM »

Yes he sold his organic baby food company to Campbell Soup. His background includes Cliff Bar, that organic baby food company, a human food for pets company, and most recently a personalized nutrition company.  Of course he was considered with his background to be a perfect match for the leading manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles in the world. Am guessing he was working on a line of HD Syn 3 organic soup that did not turn out as well as expected.

HD apparently is managed by a confederation of dunces, and as such they seem to be attracting more of the same.
I agree.  You'd think when a multi-billion dollar MC company needs to fill a top management position, they'd conduct a world-wide search...and a food guy wouldn't be their pick.   
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Re: Harley-Davidson removes president of global brand development Neil Grimmer
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2019, 02:05:42 PM »

I agree.  You'd think when a multi-billion dollar MC company needs to fill a top management position, they'd conduct a world-wide search...and a food guy wouldn't be their pick.   

Sometimes experience in another industry is good, other times it is not.  I worked in the food business for almost 40 years.  Some of the very worst & disastrous management decisions were made by upper management with no food back ground.  Usually after the damage was done they would move on to their next victim company, occasionally they lasted long enough to get fired.  But the damage was done and the customers were already gone.

My guess is this Grimmer guy was some misguided pipe dream by HD to attract millennial customers.  Trouble is, his replacement could be even worse.
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