Manitex International has promoted Steve Kiefer as its new president and chief operarting officer.
Kiefer has held senior roles with Manitex and affiliated companies since 2015 and was appointed president of North America in September this year. He brings more than 25 years of experience within the industrial equipment sector, from new product development, sales and marketing to business development, operations, and P&L management.
He began his career at Eaton Corp, a public company, where he spent seven years in various new product development roles, playing a key role in the growth of the Eaton Supercharger Division. He additionally spent over 10 years at Hendrickson International, where he held senior-level positions in new product development, program management, and sales and marketing. He was VP of sales for Pettibone Heavy Equipment Group, a privately held group of heavy equipment companies for five years, prior to joining Manitex at Manitex-Sabre Industrial Tanks and Equipment.
“I am pleased to continue serving our customers, shareholders and employees in this expanded role, and continuing to contribute to the growth of the company,” said Kiefer, “Our market leadership position with Manitex boom trucks and accelerating growth of PM in North America makes this a very exciting time for us, particularly given the improvements that are occurring in the construction end-markets. It is imperative that we deliver exceptionally reliable and high-value products every day that are supported by some of the best dealers and employees in the heavy equipment industry.”