Australian based load handling technology Verton Technologies has appointed Mark Filippelli as general manager for North America and Tim Ekert to the newly created role of global sales and distribution manager.
Filippelli joins the company from the Crosby group, which recently made a significant investment in Verton – see: Crosby buys into Verton. He joined Crosby in 2017 as director of business development, infrastructure, based in Montreal, Canada, before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to his time at Crosby, he spent 12 years as business development manager for Honeywell Industrial Safety.
Talking of his appointment he said: “I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with the entire Verton team to introduce the North American market to this innovative solution that will help jobsites increase safety and efficiency.”
Brisbane based Ekert joins Verton from SmartCap Technologies where he has been chief executive for the past three and a half years. He began his career as a design and product development engineer with companies such as Lextar, EGR and ECL Services before becoming engineering manager for Global Engineering System in 2004 and then operations manager for Principle Industries the following year.
In 2006 he joined Austin Engineering as general manager, becoming executive general manager for eastern Australia in 2012, taking responsibility of market development and innovation in 2016, before joining SmartCap in 2017.
Verton said: “Tim has an impressive track record within his previous roles, which have seen him increase sales and global expansions, improve performances and outcomes of engineering teams, and he's developed and created cultures and values that improved overall staff satisfaction.”
Based in Australia, Verton is the inventor of a remote controlled load orientation system that uses gyroscopes to eliminate the need for tag lines. The following video shows Verton’s 20 tonne Everest 6 being used on a site in the UK last year: