BRANDON, S.D., March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced today the addition of Diego Salazar as its Director of Latin American Sales. Mr. Salazar comes to Spartan ERV with nearly 20 years of international business experience, with a career that boasts time in Brazil, England, Chile and the United States. The hiring marks the latest in a series of investments to accelerate the development of the sales pipeline in South America. Spartan ERV Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Doebler said, "Diego Salazar comes to Spartan ERV with a wealth of international business experience. He has first-hand knowledge of the fire/rescue industry, having risen to the rank of Station Chief of the Santiago, Chile Fire Department. In addition to his work with multiple fire departments, Diego has an understanding of Spartan ERV, having assisted in several business development activities for the past year. We are excited to welcome Diego as a full-time associate, and we look forward to taking the next step in the development of our defined global strategy." Mr. Salazar joins Spartan ERV after several years with Roche Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, as Market Access Director for Roche Chile LTDA. While with Roche Chile, Mr. Salazar was responsible for building and determining the resources and strategies of the new areas of access, health economics, communications and corporate affairs. Since March 2012, Mr. Salazar has supported business development activities in the Latin American market for Spartan ERV. He has focused on tender participation coordination in addition to dealer identification and development. Prior to his work with Roche Chile, Mr. Salazar spent time with both the United Nations and Ministry of Transport in Chile. With the U.N., Mr. Salazar was Chief of Staff for the resident representative, coordinating amongst other things international technical cooperation projects. With the Ministry of Transport as a Senior Advisor to the Minister, Mr. Salazar was responsible for developing and implementing strategic marketing plans for all 13 agencies of the Ministry.