Seven executive positions announced due to accelerated global growth
Marengo, IL – UniCarriers Americas [UCA] announces appointments of seven executives to new positions within the organization due to rapid global growth in its fiscal 2012 year, which ended March 31, 2013. This rapid growth includes 15 percent year-over-year sales and operating profit growth and nearly 10 percent market share growth in the Americas alone. The appointments include Anthony J. Salgado to president; James J. Radous III to executive vice president sales, Americas; Steve Cianci to vice president, sales and marketing; Dan Domberg to vice president, aftermarket customer satisfaction; Dale Mark to vice president, manufacturing operations; Mark Manninen to senior director, business and channel development and Brian Markison to director of sales, North America.
The leadership changes follow the appointment of current president of UniCarriers Americas, Akiri Shiki, to Tokyo-based position of chief operating officer for UniCarriers Corporation, along with Satoru Omori, who is chief executive officer.
All of the appointments are effective October 1, 2013.
Anthony J. Salgado Appointed President of UniCarriers Americas
UniCarriers Corporation board of directors appointed Anthony J. Salgado as president of UniCarriers Americas. Salgado has been with UCA (formerly Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America) since 2001 in progressing leadership roles covering the quality, manufacturing operations and aftermarket operations departments, with his most recent role as vice president, manufacturing operations.
Serving as vice president, manufacturing operations, Salgado was an instrumental member of the executive leadership team, establishing globally recognized and benchmarked manufacturing operations, increasing the effectiveness of UCA’s aftermarket support operations and leading many aspects of the regional company integration. In his tenure, he worked closely with the sales organization, dealer channel and customer base to ensure UCA’s exceptional reputation for quality and value through a strong company commitment to customer satisfaction and operational excellence.
“The decision to appoint Mr. Salgado as head of the Americas was based on the board’s intention to maintain strategic and cultural continuity for UCA, while accelerating robust growth in this market under the direction of a strong operational and collaborative leader,” said Akiri Shiki, COO, UniCarriers. “Mr. Salgado’s appointment is a clear indication of our confidence in his leadership, as well as recognition that the regional management team is in the best position to truly understand and serve the America’s market, from Canada through the southern tip of Argentina. As we continue to focus on successfully growing and expanding our core business as a material handling solutions provider, Mr. Salgado has my full support, as well as that of the board of directors, and I expect that the UniCarriers Americas business will continue to be the benchmark within our global organization.”
Salgado began his career at Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America (now UniCarriers Americas) in 2001 in the position of director, quality engineering. He was promoted to director, quality and manufacturing engineering in 2004, and to vice president, manufacturing operations in 2008. Prior to joining Nissan Forklift, Salgado held the positions of Six Sigma master black belt at GE Capital and quality manager at GE Appliances. He also served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, completing a tour of duty as surface warfare officer aboard the USS Fort McHenry, and another as the executive officer of the U.S. Navy ceremonial guard in Washington, D.C. Salgado received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U. S. Naval Academy.
James J. Radous III Appointed to Executive Vice President Sales, Americas
UCA board of directors appointed James J. Radous III as executive vice president sales, Americas for UniCarriers Americas.
Radous played a critical role in the growth success of UniCarriers Americas since the recession of 2009. With the company nearly four years, Radous grew sales more than 200 percent through the end of fiscal 2012 and increased operating profits from a loss in fiscal 2009 to double-digit gains by fiscal 2012. Prior to his current role, Radous was vice president, sales and marketing. In his new role, in addition to leading the sales and marketing group, Radous will add two new key areas for revenue generation: business development and a newly created aftermarket group.
“We created the new position of executive vice president sales, Americas to bring a consolidated and focused leadership to growing the business through our exceptional dealer network, national accounts, emerging markets, new business opportunities and an increased emphasis on our aftermarket business success. Jim was the ideal choice for this key leadership role, as he understands the business, strategy and has demonstrated what it takes to grow our company to be a top-tier supplier of material handling equipment,” said Salgado, president of UCA. “Coming from a diverse background of leading other organizations, Jim quickly established his credibility through creating innovative programs and market expansion through such vehicles as the very successful Equity Partner Program, the University of UniCarriers training school and a successful expansion of Latin America including an introduction into Brazil.”
Prior to his arrival at Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America (now UniCarriers Americas) in 2009, Radous obtained global marketing and sales managerial experience from several positions including vice president, sales at Knaack LLC, a division of Emerson; vice president of global marketing at Klein Tools; director, sales and marketing at Wen Products; and sales and marketing manager at The Chamberlain Group. Radous received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Northern Illinois University and his master’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
New Appointments to Vice President for Steve Cianci, Dan Domberg and Dale Mark
With a history of providing continuous leadership and career development opportunities, UniCarriers Americas board of directors promoted current UCA directors Steve Cianci, Dan Domberg and Dale Mark to vice presidents.
Steve Cianci Appointed to Vice President, Sales and Marketing
In his new role as vice president, sales and marketing, Steve Cianci establishes and directs all the strategic business sales and marketing initiatives for the Americas. This responsibility includes national account and channel sales growth, as well as directing key marketing communications and product management initiatives. Prior to his appointment, as director of marketing, Cianci played a key leadership role in the development and current ongoing execution of the brand transition from Nissan Forklift and TCM to UniCarriers Americas.
Cianci has been with Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America (now UniCarriers Americas) since 2006, initially as director of parts, then as director of marketing and product management. Prior to his arrival at Nissan Forklift, Cianci spent 10 years with Zebra Technologies in increasing capacities culminating with full profit and loss responsibility for its $100 million aftermarket business as director, aftermarkets sales and marketing. Prior to Zebra, Cianci was senior product manager at Interlake Material Handling (a Mecalux Company); global marketing manager for Grayhill, Inc. and product marketing manager with C&K Components (an ITT Industries, Cannon Company). Cianci received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bentley University in Boston and his master’s degree in business administration with honors from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Dan Domberg Appointed to Vice President, Aftermarket Customer Satisfaction
In his new role as vice president, aftermarket customer satisfaction, Dan Domberg is responsible for establishing cohesive and reliable customer service processes with the goal of being the best in the industry. His scope of responsibility includes parts, technical support, training, fleet service management, inside sales, customer quality, warranty and overall customer satisfaction. Prior to his appointment, Domberg served as director, customer quality and satisfaction.
Domberg has seven years of experience with Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America (now UniCarriers Americas) with progressively increasing responsibilities. Prior to his experience in the material handling industry, Domberg spent 13 years in the aerospace industry, most recently serving as general manager of customer service for a multibillion dollar company. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in business from Cardinal Stritch University. He is a master-black belt in Nissan’s Six-Sigma continuous improvement program and has facilitated or mentored more than a dozen key improvement projects.
Dale Mark Appointed to Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
Appointed to his new role as vice president, manufacturing operations, Dale Mark will be responsible for leading the continued growth and advancement of UniCarriers America’s high-performing manufacturing and supply chain operations. In his tenure, Mark has consistently played a lead role in both developing manufacturing strategy, and directing its effective implementation into the factory. Mark joined Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America (now UniCarriers Americas) in 2005, as senior manufacturing engineering manager and was quickly promoted to director, manufacturing engineering and quality assurance. Over the past eight years, he has lead the implementation of the Nissan production way and synchronous manufacturing initiatives, which have established the Marengo facility as a global benchmark for safety, quality and cost performance within the UniCarriers Corporation.
Prior to joining the company, Mark served as plant manager at Thatcher Tubes;senior manager at Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Hendrickson Suspension Systems and fabrication operations manager, at Harley-Davidson.Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Penn State and his master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University.
New Promotions for Mark Manninen and Brian Markison
Mark Manninen Appointed to Senior Director, Business and Channel Development
Mark Manninen was promoted to senior director, business and channel development. In his newly created position, Manninen is responsible for new business development opportunities, dealer channel management and industry analysis, which are strategic areas of focus that have been identified for emphasis and are critical to future growth and success. Prior to his promotion, Manninen was director, distribution management and sales intelligence.
Manninen began his career with Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America (now UniCarriers Americas) in 1991 heading up the company’s credit operations. In 1998, Manninen moved to the Sales Department to oversee dealer support services. In 2000, he moved into dealer development, utilizing both his finance and sales backgrounds to optimize the dealer network. In 2002, Manninen was promoted to director of dealer development, and in 2010 he established a new department, sales intelligence, which helped the company grow through the enhanced use of data. Manninen earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan Technological University.
Brian Markison Appointed to Director of Sales, North America
Brian Markison was promoted to director of sales, North America. In his new role, Markison is responsible for new equipment and parts sales through the dealer channel as well as national accounts.
Markison joined Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America (now UniCarriers Americas) in 2008 as senior manager, national accounts. Under his direction, Nissan Forklift national accounts unit sales have nearly tripled. Prior to his promotion, Markison was senior manager, national accounts. Before joining the company, Markison spent 15 years working at Equipment Depot and Wisconsin Lift Truck. His combined 20 years of experience in the material handling industry offers a unique perspective, having served the customer as both a manufacturer and a dealer partner. Markison earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and master’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.
About UniCarriers Americas Corporation
UniCarriers designs, manufactures and supports a complete line of material handling equipment that offers features resulting in greater reliability, higher productivity and lower total operational costs. UniCarriers encompasses five brands: Nissan Forklift, TCM, Atlet, Barrett and UniCarriers. Headquartered in Marengo, Ill., UniCarriers Americas has a network of more than 235 authorized dealerships with over 350 locations across North, Central and South America, as well as additional worldwide locations. UniCarriers Holdings is the parent company of UniCarriers. www.unicarriersamericas.com