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New CEO for Verton

Australian based load handling technology company Verton Technologies has promoted Tim Ekert to chief executive, replacing Trevor Bourne, who remains involved as a director.

Ekert joined the company in June as global sales and distribution manager, but has also been acting as chief executive designate as part of a succession plan to replace Bourne. Prior to joining Verton, Ekert was chief executive of SmartCap Technologies for 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 the following year he moved to Principle Industries as operations manager.
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Tim Ekert has been appointed CEO of Verton

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.
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Ekert said: ‘I would like to thank Trevor and the board for providing me with this opportunity. Verton’s unique and innovative load orientation products presents many opportunities in the lifting industry. In this respect, the company has positioned itself firmly to deliver lifting solutions worldwide. It has a strong and established presence in Australia with continued growth in international markets, particularly the US and UK. Verton is well placed to disrupt the status quo. I am truly excited by the challenges and opportunities this presents.”

Bourne added: “Over the past year, Tim’s contribution to the business has seen growth in our internal capability and global customer base. His knowledge and experience will drive the company’s growth and international expansion strategies.”