Manitowoc Cranes has appointed two new people to its management staff in Australia. Kelvin Kent was appointed as the general manager of Australia and New Zealand crane operations, and Neil Hollingshead is the new sales and marketing director for Australia.
Kent will be responsible for expanding the Manitowoc Cranes organization in the Australia-New Zealand region including sales, Manitowoc Crane Care and administration. He brings 30 years of experience in the construction equipment industry, including previous positions with companies such as Atlas Copco, Compair, JCB, Eagle Equipment, and former Grove crane dealer, Banbury Engineering.
Neil Hollingshead has been appointed as the sales and marketing director for Australia and New Zealand, and will report to Kent. Since joining Manitowoc in 1989 as an apprentice technician, Hollingshead has progressed through marketing and project management roles, including his most recent position as global product director for all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes.
Australia is a growing market for Manitowoc. John Stewart, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the greater Asia-Pacific region, says that an experienced management team is a key factor to expansion in the region.
“Kelvin is very dedicated to the Australia-New Zealand market, and Neil is committed to further developing the sales team in the region. Coupled with the support of the entire Manitowoc Cranes organization, Manitowoc will only continue to add value to our customers’ experiences in the region.”