US outrigger mat and rigging block manufacturer DICA has appointed Ingo Schiller as a strategic advisor.
Schiller was chief executive of Tadano America for more than six years but left the business in January of this year. In his new role he will be responsible for helping DICA expand its distribution programmes, advising the sales team, and expanding previously established DICA-OEM partnerships.
Schiller comes from a crane family and had his first taste of the of the crane industry on crane repairs in the late 1980s. However, in 1990 went to work as a manufacturing engineer with Canon in Virginia, before joining the family firm - Liebherr distributor Schiller Service Corp - two years later.
When Liebherr took over the Schiller business in 2004, he was appointed executive vice president of sales for the German manufacturer.
Three years later he accepted a position with Manitowoc, as vice president of sales, and later senior vice president of global marketing and product development. He then headed the Crane Care division for a while, before taking over the boom truck, Rough Terrain, Industrial and Military crane product lines.
In 2016 he left Manitowoc and was quickly ‘snapped up’ by Tadano, initially as an executive vice president, becoming chief executive of the American business the following year. He also represented the company’s 25 percent stake on the Manitex board and served as an executive officer of the Japanese parent company. Aside from his regular duties he has held volunteer leadership positions with the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Since January he has worked on a consulting basis with several companies, including Meada, Pathfinder Consulting and Ribbiot.
DICA chief executive Kris Koberg said: “We are thrilled to be working with Ingo and leveraging his deep knowledge, experience, and relationships in the lifting industry as our strategic advisor. The opportunity to work with Ingo comes at the right time as we continue to expand our operations and product lines.”
Schiller added: “Having admired DICA's excellent products and customer centric ethos for years, it’s an honour to work with the Koberg family and DICA team. I look forward to contributing to expanding the company’s products and services that support the lifting industry.”