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BURR RIDGE, Ill. - (October 9, 2008) - Wayne Martenas, a 34-year veteran of CNH (Case New Holland) and its predecessor companies, has won the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Sid Olsen Engineering Executive of the Year award. Formal recognition of the award was made Wednesday, Oct. 8 during the SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition in Rosemont, IL.

The award recognizes individuals who use their engineering and interpersonal skills to achieve field-proven products or services, successful protégés, develop outstanding teams, have unquestioned integrity and charismatic leadership and who create a supportive environment allowing a customer/product focus. Established in 1995, the award honors Sid A. Olsen, an SAE fellow who championed the off-highway industry.

Martenas, who is based in Burr Ridge, IL, recently became the Tier 4 Product Development Project Leader for agriculture and construction machinery at CNH. Prior to that he was Vice President for System and Component Development within the Agricultural Product Development team, including drivelines, engine installation, cabs and operator platforms, electrical and electronics, hydraulics, design analysis, precision farming/auto guidance and innovation. He also was recently responsible for coordination of PD activities in India, China and Latin America.

"This award is something that all of us should be very proud of, as it shows how Wayne and his team together with the whole Product Development function at CNH are recognized within the engineering community," says Kristof Breyne, HR Business Partner AG and CE Product Development.

CNH Global N.V. is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses. Supported by more than 11,000 dealers in 160 countries, CNH brings together the knowledge and heritage of its Case and New Holland brand families with the strength and resources of its worldwide commercial, industrial, product support and finance organizations. CNH, whose stock is listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CNH), is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. (FIA.MI). More information about CNH and its Case and New Holland products can be found online at