OMAHA, Neb. — CLAAS of America has announced two significant changes within their parts management team, beginning with the appointment of Jeff Tilden as Vice President – Parts. Tilden will lead the parts business unit out of Columbus, Ind.

Tilden joins Claas with an extensive background in agriculture, construction and forestry. He has spent the last 20 years of his career in continually progressive roles with a leading ag manufacturer, most recently serving as Manager of Business Development for Worldwide Parts Services.

Tilden replaces Roger Parker, who retired in December 2016 after more than 34 years with the company.

In addition, Kelly Snider, who served for a number of years as the Sales & Marketing Manager for the North American Parts Operations, has been promoted and will have added responsibility in the role of Director, Sales & Marketing for both parts and service functions. Snider will lead an expanding team of Regional Parts Managers and work closely with colleagues from marketing to ensure that the Claas brand attributes extend to all facets of the after-sales business.