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Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 ( #753 )
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Puhl
Wiesbaden/Hamburg, Germany
STILL GmbH
has appointed Henry Puhl as its new managing director. He will take charge of the company on 1 April 2016, taking over from the CEO of KION GROUP AG, Gordon Riske, who has been running the STILL business since the beginning of last year. Puhl, who holds a PhD in mechanical engineering, will also be head of the new KION operating unit STILL EMEA, which focuses on the core market of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Puhl's most recent position was on the executive board of agricultural machinery manufacturer Claas, where he headed up the grain harvest business segment. He previously oversaw the ball bearings business at the Schaeffler Group. Prior to that, while working for the US agricultural machinery manufacturer John Deere, he held various management positions in Germany and India.
Karl-Heinz Birkner, who is currently in charge of accounting, tax and financial services at the KION Group, will succeed Olaf Schulz as finance director of STILL on 1 February.
Olaf Schulz will be leaving STILL GmbH on 31 January 2016 to pursue new professional challenges. Over the past two years, as finance director and labour relations director on the management board, he has made a significant contribution to the change process at STILL GmbH by initiating an extensive and successful program of process optimisation.

London, United Kingdom
UKWA
, the leading trade body for the supply chain and third-party logistics industries, has appointed Shoaib Vakil as its new commercial manager.
Before joining UKWA, Vakil held various operational roles with a number of well-known third-party logistics specialists and has experience in industries as diverse as publishing and construction.
His principal responsibility will be to develop and oversee the smooth running of UKWA’s numerous services to members, including a new training and education program which will be rolled out early in 2016.

Witter
Pooler, GA, United States
JCB North America
has named Tim Witter as its vice president of manufacturing. In his new position, Witter is responsible for JCB’s North American Manufacturing Centre, and oversees all of the Savannah-based manufacturing departments including the engineering, production, manufacturing purchasing, and logistics departments.
Witter joins JCB with extensive experience in manufacturing, including over 18 years at Gorbel Inc., where he served as vice president of operations. Prior to that, he worked as the engineering manager for Champion Products and director of operations at The Melton Shirt Company.
Witter replaces industry veteran Stuart Hughes, who returned to JCB’s global headquarters in Rochester, UK in November to lead the company’s heavy-line product manufacturing centre as director of operations.

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