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Leadership changes at Tadano America

Tadano has announced the appointment of Dean Barley as chief operating officer of Tadano America. He will take over the leadership role from Ingo Schiller, the current chief executive, at the start of the new year, while Shinichi Iimura will take on the chief executive role.
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Dean Barley

Schiller is set to move to a more international role as head of global marketing, at the same time Tadano veteran Shinichi Iimura, who has relocated from Tokyo to Houston, will become chief executive and chairman. Schiller will also remain as a director of the US based company, which includes the telescopic crawler crane operation Tadano Mantis.

Shinichi Iimura joined Tadano in 1983 and has worked all over the world for the company since then. He came to prominence in the west when he took over Tadano Faun in 2002, having previously worked with Tadano’s marketing operations in Russia, Africa, Singapore and South and Central America.

Barley is currently vice president of customer service and general manager sales for south and central America, having joined the company in 2019 from Terex Cranes. He began his career in the UK with Benford construction equipment, just before it was acquired by Terex Construction in 1996. He stayed on board as an international service technician and engineer based in the UK. In 2004 he was promoted to product support director. In 2007 he was promoted to senior director aftermarket, and then in 2010 took up his first full sales role as sales director for the Compact Equipment division. By 2012 he had become general manager and moved to the USA.
In 2014 he was appointed as general manager of Terex Cranes in North America. He made the move to Tadano in the summer of 2019 when the Terex crane business in the US was closed and Demag sold to Tadano. His initial role at the company was to manage the separate Demag Americas operation.

Schiller joined the company in 2016 from Manitowoc, initially as executive vice president reporting to Tadano America chief executive Yo Kakinuma, taking over from him eight months later.
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Ingo Schiller

In his new role he will be responsible for all global marketing activities for the Tadano group. Speaking of the upcoming changes, he said: “I could not be happier with the news that Dean Barley will succeed me as I know that he brings the right talents that will help the continued growth and success of the Pan-America team. He is the right person to take this business to the next level.”

“This is a great company with the highest quality people and products. I am excited to have the opportunity to help Tadano more directly on a global basis, to contribute in new ways with customer and stakeholder engagement around the world, bringing those voices back to the R&D teams, helping to grow this business in new ways with new products and new services.”

Barley added: “I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to follow Ingo in this role. He has been instrumental in developing Tadano America to the great company it is today and the Pan-America Region into the success that we are now enjoying.”