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Kion North America names new CEO

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Summerville-based forklift manufacturer Kion North America has named Jonathan Dawley its new president and CEO, taking over for Vincent Halma, who has left Kion Group.

Halma had served as president and CEO since January 2015.

Dawley joins Kion with years of experience in the forklift sector. Most recently, he oversaw the Americas region for Putzmeister Holding GmbH, a subsidiary of Sany Heavy Industry Corp., for the past two years. Dawley previously worked for Oshkosh Corp. between 2014 and 2018 and for Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Corp. from 2005 to 2014.

Ching Pong Quek, a Kion Group board member, said in a news release that he’s excited for Dawley to use his expertise to grow the company’s business in North America.

“In Jonathan Dawley, we are gaining an outstanding executive with many years of wide-ranging technical experience in the capital goods industry to head up Kion North America,” Quek said. “With his addition to our experienced team at Kion North America, we are well equipped to unlock the region’s potential even further.”

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