More executive changes in transport equipment industry

With the half-year mark rapidly approaching, executive movements in the global commercial road transport industry are picking up speed.

Following the appointment of Dr Young Tae Kim as the new Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) and Tim Scharwath as the new CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Kögel has now secured the services of Schmitz Cargobull’s Jens Schroth (pictured).

After more than 13 years with the European market leader, Schroth will become Kögel’s new Head of Sales for the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region as of 1 October 2017.

According to Kögel, the 42-year-old can draw on “many years of sales experience” in the trailer and commercial vehicle sector and is currently serving as International Key Account Manager at Schmitz Cargobull.

“We are very pleased to have attracted another experienced industry expert for Kögel”, commented Ulrich Humbaur, owner of Kögel.

“We are sure that as the Head of Sales for the German-speaking region, he will provide important impetus, ensuring that we continue to grow on our core market.”

At the start of the month, it become known that ex-Kögel executive, Volker Seitz, joined material handling expert, Linde, where he will oversee the marketing department responsible for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as product management Linde’s internal training program.

Schmitz Cargobull, meanwhile, has appointed Steve Vincent as the new Head of Aftermarket for the UK and Ireland.

“In his new role, Vincent will expand the UK and Irish section of Schmitz Cargobull’s pan-European network…ensuring operators have easy access to repair and maintenance for their equipment by approved technicians,” the company said.

Vincent brings to the role more than 30 years of experience within the vehicle industry, most recently as Operations Director for Manheim Aftersales Solutions.

He has previously worked for a variety of major manufacturers in the UK, including Renault Trucks, Hyundai and Volkswagen.

“High-quality products require high-quality support,” Vincent explained. “I’ll be using my experience from the consumer sector to ensure that transport providers can benefit from skilled maintenance delivered with a retail-style approach to customer care.”

Also in executive movements, UK-based liquid nitrogen technology company, Dearman, has appointed a new CEO, Scott Mac Meekin.

According to Dearman, Mac Meekin brings 30 years of international commercial experience and expertise in transforming technology companies from innovative start-ups to successful global operations.

“[Mac Meekin] joins us from Singapore-based Navis Capital Partners, South East Asia’s largest private equity fund and we are absolutely delighted to have him on board,” Dearman said.

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