Manitowoc Cranes last week named Andreas Schwer senior vice president of global engineering and innovation. In this role, he is responsible for driving innovation within the cranes division and coordinating overall global engineering activities to further enhance Manitowoc’s culture of innovation and new technology.
Schwer will report to Eric Etchart, Manitowoc president and general manager. Schwer’s experience in research and development, and in change management, will unify Manitowoc’s innovation, Etchart said.
“I am excited to have someone with Andreas’ expertise and leadership abilities join our organization in this role,” he said. “He brings impressive experience in transferring best-practice thinking into practical applications and establishing strategic partnerships with vendors and customers to drive and develop breakthrough technologies.”
Schwer is an accomplished engineering manager who most recently held the position of vice president of design and development at EADS Eurocopter. He has held leadership positions with several organizations including Daimler Benz Aerospace, the European Space Agency and the Institute for Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart. He will be based in Europe, but will travel extensively in this newly created role.
The Manitowoc Co. is a diversified, multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with 104 manufacturing and service facilities in 27 countries. The company provides lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes and boom trucks.