President & CEO
Jonathan Dawley is the President & CEO of KION North America Corporation.
Jonathan Dawley joins the KION Group from Putzmeister Holding GmbH, a subsidiary of Sany Heavy Industry Corporation, where he was head of the Americas region for over two years. Between 2014 and 2018, he was responsible for the global aftermarket business at JLG Industries Corporation, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation. He gained extensive experience in intralogistics as well as in the material handling business in various senior management roles at Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Corporation from 2005 to 2014. Jonathan Dawley studied business administration at Baker College in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
Chief Financial Officer
Max Heller has served as the chief financial officer and treasurer of KION North America Corporation since early 2016.
He started his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Germany and joined their audit team in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2005. Thereafter, he headed the finance and administration functions for the U.S. subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus, one of Europe’s leading heavy truck and bus manufacturers. He further progressed his career at MAN holding finance leadership positions in sales and manufacturing subsidiaries in Mexico and South Africa as well as at MAN’s German headquarters in Munich.
Heller completed a master’s degree in business (Diplom-Kaufmann) with a concentration in finance from the University of Cologne in Germany, a Master of Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University and holds an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
Vice President, Operations
Brandon Flexsenhar is the Vice President of Operations. He was formerly with Putzmeister America, Inc. where he led as General Manager from 2018-2020.
Brandon has led positive transformations in different organizations, and has extensive Operations experience with companies such as Caterpillar, Fairbanks Morse Engine and Putzmeister, America Inc. In addition, he is extremely experienced in the areas of Lean Manufacturing, Strategy Deployment, Production and Material Planning, Continuous Improvement Programs and Supply Chain Management.
Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Industrial Technology/ Technician from Purdue University and an MBA in Business Administration and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Vice President, Customer Service
Daniel Schlegel is the Vice President of Customer Service. Previously he was Vice President, Operations for KION North America. Daniel has been with the organization for 18 years, including service at Linde Hydraulics, Linde Material Handling and KION North America. Schlegel’s role as Vice President of Customer Service is a commercially-oriented, customer-focused position.
His prior experience includes a three-year Six Sigma Project Management role as a certified Six Sigma Black Belt at the Linde Material Handling headquarters in Aschaffenburg, Germany. He previously worked as the director of manufacturing and logistics at KION North America. Before joining KION Group, he also served as an industrial engineer at Linde Hydraulics-one of KION Group’s former brand companies.
Schlegel holds an engineering and business administration degree from West Saxon University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He also spent a semester abroad at the NHL Hogeschool in the Netherlands.
Vice President, Sales and Dealer Development
David LaDue is the Vice President of Sales and Dealer Development. He was formerly with Hyster Yale for over 10 years where in his last position he led as Vice President, Dealer Sales, North America from 2018-2020.
LaDue previously held the position of General Sales and Marketing Manager with Yale/Chase Materials Handling, Inc. from 1995 to 2007. In 2008, he was appointed Vice President of Sales for Hyster Yale Group. From 2008 to 2020, David was responsible for continuously exceeding market share and profitability goals while gaining many years of dealer management experience, including senior sales and strategic leadership positions while at Hyster-Yale Group, Inc.
David LaDue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with an emphasis on Management and focus on Sales and Marketing from the Indiana State University, School of Business.
Vice President, Product Development
Christian Loew is the Vice President of Product Development.
He has been with KION North America since 2015 and previously held the role of Program Manager for Warehouse Products. Prior to joining KION NA, Christian was an R&D manager for STILL and Linde in Germany.
Christian holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Vice President, STRATEGY, MARKETING, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AND INTRALOGISTIC SYSTEMS
Eike Wibrow formerly served as Vice President Advanced Applications at STILL in Hamburg, Germany.
He joined STILL in 2013 and joined KION Group Product Strategy from 2015 – 2018. During this period, he was responsible for the KION Group product strategy in the field of Energy, Digitalization and Automation. In this role, he gained an international network in the KION Group, which also covers Linde and Dematic. In his previous role, he led all facets of consulting, sales and operations for STILL’s solution business with a strategic focus on automated guided vehicles and mobile robots.
In 2007, Wibrow graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Automation degree and received his Master of International Management and Engineering degree in 2012.
Director, Human Resources
David Brown serves as the director of human resources for KION North America Corporation. He joined the company in 2016.
His prior experience includes working in a variety of human resources leadership roles at manufacturing organizations including Robert Bosch, International Paper and Springs Industries.
Brown holds a master’s degree in human resources from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from Clemson University.
He also holds the dual certifications of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).
Director, Key Account Sales
Ben Lee is the director of key accounts for KION North America Corporation and is responsible for corporate customers within the United States, Canada and Mexico.
He joined the company in 2013 as a dealer development manager and moved on to become manager of business development before taking over the key accounts department.
Before joining KION North America, he worked within the automotive industry at Honda Motor Europe where he held multiple roles including the positions of business analyst, franchise strategy executive and strategic planning manager based out of London.
Lee holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Oxford Brookes University Business School and completed his year internship at Intel Corporation.
Jeff Peterson serves as the director of Manufacturing for KION North America Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for all manufacturing operations, industrial engineering and facility/equipment maintenance activities.
He joined KION North America in March 2017 as production manager. Since that time, he has been instrumental in increasing production capacity and installing a variety of improvements to the company’s manufacturing systems.
His prior experience includes working in a variety of manufacturing capacities as plant manager at Saint-Gobain Corporation, manufacturing manager at Daimler Chrysler AG/MTU Driveshafts, and maintenance manager and operations manager at IFA-Rotorion. He also spent 12 years working for Detroit Diesel Corporation and Westinghouse. In total, he has nearly 30 years of experience in a variety of engineering and manufacturing operations leadership.
Peterson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.
Director of Dealer Sales
Rick Schiel is the Director of Dealer Sales and manages the Regional Sales Managers and Dealer Network for KION North America.
He has over 30 years experience in the material handling business and has been with KION North America for the past 16 years, most recently as Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest Region. Prior to that, Rick spent 15 years in the sales field with KION North America dealer, Wisconsin Lift Truck Corporation.
Rick studied Business and Journalism at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).
Director, Inside Sales
Julie Richardson serves as the Director of Inside Sales for KION North America Corporation. She joined the company in 2020.
Julie’s prior position was North America Sales Manager at DBW Advanced Fiber technologies. Julie also worked for Caterpillar Reman Powertrain services as a Key Account Manager and Business Manager for over 12 years.
Julie holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.