President & CEO
Jonathan Dawley has been President & CEO of KION North America Corporation, a member of the KION Group, since 2020 and is responsible for all financial, commercial, engineering, and operational activities. Since 2020, KION North America has grown its revenue by over 125% and order intake by over 300%. A key element of growth has been organizational and distribution development, in which Mr. Dawley has led establishing strong leadership at all levels to enable sustainable results.
Under Mr. Dawley’s leadership, KION North America announced an operational expansion doubling production capacity and installing deep vertical integration. This focus, on localized manufacturing capability and an enhanced global supply chain, supports KION North America’s ability to unlock profitable growth, advance market penetration and achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction.
Before joining KION Group, Mr. Dawley was the Americas CEO of Putzmeister Holding GmbH, a subsidiary of Sany Heavy Industry Corporation. It was there that he led all corporate functions and sites from Canada to Brazil. Between 2014 and 2018, he led the global aftermarket business at JLG Industries Corporation, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, where he, amongst other major Initiatives, established a global warehousing and distribution strategy with new operations in the U.S., EMEA, and China.
From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Dawley gained extensive executive leadership experience at Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Corporation as President of Hyster, President of the Large Capacity equipment division, and Vice President of Marketing, including Product strategy.
Before 2005, Mr. Dawley spent 10 years in the automotive sector, working with Ford Motor Company and DaimlerChrysler headquarters on product and distribution strategy and technology deployment.
Mr. Dawley currently serves as a board member with the German American Chamber of Commerce Southeast, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Additionally, he serves on the President's Council for Industry and Innovation at the College of Charleston.
Vice President, Finance & CFO
Christoph Brand is the Vice President, Finance & CFO of KION North America Corporation.
Christoph joined the KION Group with the STILL Brand in Hamburg, Germany, in 2011. For more than ten years, Christoph has performed a variety of Finance, Controlling, and Commercial functions within STILL and Linde Material Handling in Germany and Eastern Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Luneburg in northern Germany and a master’s degree in finance and accounting from the Nordakademie Graduate School in Hamburg, Germany.
Vice President, Operations and Customer Service
Daniel Schlegel is the Vice President of Operations and 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 Distribution Management
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, Business and Sales Development
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.
Vice President of Procurement
Todd Pawlik is the Vice President of Procurement. He joined KION North America in January 2023 after serving as the KNA Home Turf project leader in 2022 as a consultant. Todd spent many years with General Motors. He successfully executed two major global programs as a Vehicle Chief Engineer (2014 Chevrolet Impala and 2019 Cadillac XT4) that received third-party recognition for performance and initial quality (Consumer Reports and JD Power). Todd has both large OEM and small startup exposure, having also served as a Senior Program Director at Fisker Inc. Academically, Todd received a Master's in Engineering Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Director, Warehouse and Advanced Applications
Mick McCormick is the Director of Intralogistic Systems. He comes from Hyster-Yale Group, where he led as Vice President, Warehouse Solutions from 2014-2017 and Business Unit Leader of Robotics and Automation from 2018-2020.
Mick holds many years of experience in business development, product management, and sales and has held various strategic leadership positions in companies including, Caterpillar Industrial, Inc., Daewoo Heavy Industries (now Doosan) and Toyota. Mick’s additional expertise includes 12 years of global product management and marketing management, 9 years of global sales and distribution channel development, and 12 years of sales and marketing GM/VP with P&L responsibility.
Mick has a B.S. in Business from Miami University, Farmer School of Business.
Director, Key Accounts
Jason Dunigan is the Director of Key Accounts for KION North America. He is responsible for strategic and commercial discussions with our Key Customers.
He joined KION North America in February 2022 and has been instrumental in increasing Linde’s market share in North America by transforming the Key Account Department.
Jason is a US Army Veteran who entered the Material handling industry with Jungheinrich in 2004. During his tenure he was responsible for developing large multi-national accounts and has held various leadership roles with Jungheinrich AG’s International Key Accounts Group in Hamburg Germany, and most recently served as Jungheinrich’s North American Head of Account Management based in Houston, Texas.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Director of Marketing
Steve Coleman is the Director of Marketing and Sales Training for the KION North America Corporation. Over the past 10 years, he has worked in various roles within the KION Group, representing the STILL and Linde Material Handling brands in Europe and North America.
Coleman has an extensive sales and marketing background and was previously the head of marketing and the national dealer manager for STILL UK before transferring to the United States in 2019.
He founded the Sales Training department for KION North America in 2020 and assumed his current position in 2022.
Coleman studied Business at Halton College in the United Kingdom.
Director, Pricing & Demand Planning
Shawn Lennes is the Director of Pricing and Demand Planning for KION North America. He joined the team in 2022 with over 20 years of experience serving both Toyota Material Handling and Navistar Corporation in the commercial truck industry.
His broader leadership experience includes strategic planning, analytics, and pricing roles with new and aftermarket products.
Lennes holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.
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, Supply Chain
Andy joined the KION North America organization in January of 2021 and is responsibile for developing and leading the supply chain team which consists of four primary functions; order administration, demand scheduling, materials planning, and transportation.
Prior to joining KION, Andy worked with Hyster-Yale Group for 20 years in various supply chain roles ranging from finished goods distribution to Sales & Operations Planning. He began his career in logistics working for FedEx Supply Chain Services with a focus on warehouse operations and transportation management.
A graduate of University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, he went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from East Carolina Unversity and holds professional certifcations from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Associate for Supply Chain Management.
Director, Distribution Management
Rick Schiel is the Director of Dealer Development. He is responsible to help establish, develop and strengthen the KION North America dealer distribution network.
Schiel has over 30 years of experience in the material handling industry and has been with KION North America since 2002. Prior to that, Rick spent 15 years in the sales field at a Linde Material Handling dealership.
Schiel studied Business and Journalism at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).
Director, West Region
Harry Adamson is the Director of the West Region for KION North America and manages the Western Regional Sales Managers and Dealer Network.
Harry joined KION North America in September 2020 and brings over 30 years of sales and leadership experience in the industrial and light construction equipment industries, both at the OEM and dealer levels. In his most recent role as Area Business Manager for Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., he was responsible for managing all sales and sales support functions, engaging dealer principals, and the leadership team to achieve business plan goals of market share growth, strategic account management, account identification, and dealer development. In addition, he assisted in all areas of dealer needs including marketing, financial services, fleet management, telemetry, and aftermarket service and parts support to ensure dealer and manufacturer success.
Harry studied Business and Marketing at Riverside College in Southern California.
Director, East Region
Joe Ritter is the Director of the East Region for KION North America and manages the East Regional Sales Managers and Dealer Network.
Joe joined KION North America in March of 2019 as the Regional Sales Manager for the North East and, in October of 2020, was promoted as the Director of the East Region.
Joe began his career in the Material Handling Industry in 2004. Before joining KION North America, he spent several years in retail and OEM operations working alongside industry leaders in North America, including Crown Equipment Corporation, Hyster / Yale Group, and Toyota Material Handling. During that time, Joe obtained a vast knowledge base while holding sales, warehouse products management, and sales management positions.
Joe studied business at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis and later left to serve four years in the United States Marine Corps.