Senior Vice President, Product Development and Operations, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Bryan Niketh is the Senior Vice President of Product Development and Operations at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. In this role, Niketh assumes the responsibilities of delivering flexibility and efficiency of Harley-Davidson’s global manufacturing operations. He also leads the product development organization in building the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally by innovating existing products and developing exhilarating new Harley-Davidson motorcycles that inspire riders and shape the motorcycle industry. Niketh leads the product development team in guiding Harley-Davidson’s entry into new segments within the global motorcycle industry.
In addition to developing high-impact products, Niketh is also responsible for delivering best-in-class operational performance, driving premium quality, ensuring global cost competitiveness and aggressively improving the environmental impact of Harley-Davidson products and operations.
Niketh joined Harley-Davidson in 2001 and has held several leadership roles with increased responsibility. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Motorcycle Product Development where he was responsible for leading the product development organization. In his role prior as Vice President of Supply Management, he led supply base management, product development purchasing, supply chain operations and indirect procurement.
Niketh currently serves as an executive sponsor of the LGBT+ employee resource group at Harley-Davidson. He also is the Chair for Harley-Davidson’s United Way campaign and supports Harley-Davidson’s involvement with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Niketh graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and earned his MBA from Regis University.