Outgoing chief to focus on strategic development as delegate of the board
Wolffkran has appointed Duncan Salt as its new CEO to replace Dr. Peter Schiefer, who will now remain on the company’s board of directors and operate as delegate of the board, focusing on the strategic development of the company.
Salt joined Wolffkran following its acquisition of British rental company HTC Plant Ltd. in 2015. Initially heading the international sales team, he was promoted in January 2017 to take overall responsibility for sales and service, alongside a position on the executive management board. Salt holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and started his career in the construction industry with Laing O’Rourke, moving on to the tower crane business later, first as GM of the Lifting Solutions division of Select Plant Hire Company Ltd, and then as director and GM of HTC, the UK’s largest supplier of tower cranes operating a fleet of some 250 Wolff tower cranes.
Schiefer, who has held both CEO and delegate of the board of directors positions simultaneously since 2005, said: “We have grown immensely… and have reached a point where it is no longer feasible nor in the interest of the company for one person to head the executive management, while at the same time fulfilling the duties of the delegate of the board. In order to position ourselves best for the future and successfully continue growing our business, we need to enhance our organizational set-up now. I am convinced that a split of the functions is a necessary step on Wolffkran’s road to success and I am confident that we have found the perfect candidate in Duncan Salt to fill the position as CEO.
“Duncan brings an extensive network and a wealth of experience to his new position and shares the Wolffkran DNA with us,” said Schiefer, who will now invest the time gained driving and executing future-oriented pro-jects such as the entry into new markets, the implementation of new technologies and the acquisition of Wolffkran complementary products and services.
Commenting on his new position, Salt said: “My goal is to drive the symbiosis between lifting services and crane technology. We are uniquely placed at Wolffkran and through a greater emphasis on our common goals we will position Wolffkran at the forefront of our industry, setting benchmarks in service, quality and innovation. I am thankful for the trust and confidence placed in me by Peter and my colleagues and I look forward to taking on the opportunities and challenges that come with the position.”