People on the Move

Editor’s note: As 2013 drew to a close, several companies made significant management changes as the result of retirements, resignations and new hires at the highest levels. They include:

  • Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), Oak Brook, Ill.: Brian McGuire has been named president and CEO, effective Jan. 6, 2014. McGuire was most recently president of the Tooling and Manufacturing Association, Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Briggs International, Dallas: Mike Winemiller has been named CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds Dave Bratton, who retired at the end of 2013.
  • Cross Country Pipeline Supply Co., Aurora, Colo.: Gerald “Gerry” Plescia has been named CEO of the company, a provider of equipment and supplies to the domestic oil and gas pipeline construction industry with branches in Pennsylvania and Texas. Plescia is a former president of Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. and was a managing partner with PH Global Consulting before joining Cross Country.
  • Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment (DICE), Seoul, South Korea: Scott Park has been named president and CEO, replacing Tony Helsham, who retires in February. Park was most recently global vice president of strategy, manufacturing strategy and total quality management for DICE.
  • Doosan Portable Power, Statesville, N.C.: Mike Ballweber has been named president, replacing Shawn Sweet. Ballweber was most recently vice president of product management for Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment (DICE), North America and Oceania regions.
  • Essex Rental Corp., Buffalo Grove, Ill.: Ronald Schad, president and CEO, resigned Nov. 11, but planned to stay with the company as CEO until a replacement is named. Schad joined Essex in 2001 and has served as the CEO for more than 13 years.
  • Kubota Tractor Corp., Torrance, Calif.: Masato Yoshikawa has been named president. He most recently was general manager, corporate planning and control department, Kubota Corp., Osaka, Japan.
  • Noble Iron, Houston: Willie Swisher resigned his position as president and CEO, effective Dec. 31, 2013. He will continue as a director on Noble Iron’s board. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, Nabil Kassam, Noble Iron’s founder and executive chairman, assumed the role of founder, chairman and CEO.
  • Volvo Construction Equipment, Brussels, Belgium: Martin Weissburg has been named president, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He replaces Pat Olney, who left the company at the end of the year. Weissburg had been president of Volvo Financial Services since 2010 and a member of the Volvo Group executive team.