News | 03/10/2020 Responsibility for the market in the USA handed on – Liebherr counting for continued growth in mobile and crawler cranes

Daniel Pitzer (left) handing over the US market responsibility for mobile cranes to Pierre Bilgeri (right).

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During the Conexpo/CON-AGG in Las Vegas, many Liebherr customers in the USA will be personally introduced to Pierre Bilgeri (31), who will be the successor to Daniel Pitzer (39). After Pitzer was appointed as the new CFO at Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH, his successor to take on sales responsibility for the company’s most important export market, the USA, was found within Liebherr. Bilgeri already has many years of sales experience in the USA and has played a role in Liebherr’s positive business development there for many years. Before his appointment as Division Manager for Mobile and Crawler Cranes in the USA, Bilgeri spent eight years working as Sales Manager for Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH in markets including the USA, Canada and South-East Europe. In this position he was responsible for sales of crawler cranes up to 300 tonnes (330 US tons) and special construction machines.

Since Pitzer was appointed to the position of Managing Director at Liebherr USA, Co. in 2015, he has been responsible for sales of mobile and crawler cranes in the USA. The massive expansion of the sales and service organisation was a core part of his work in this position. During this time, the USA has grown into Liebherr’s most important export market.

The continued expansion of the sales and service network and the placement of the latest products from the crane portfolio including the 2017 launched LRT product line are the main challenges facing Bilgeri.

“The team has been working for many years on the best solutions for the different requirements in the USA. I’m looking forward to be part of this great and well-experienced team”, says Bilgeri. Pitzer continues: “I’m truly thankful for the last five years here in the United States and for the trust our customers have put into us. I would also like to thank my team here in the US for the great teamwork as well as all the efforts over the past years. And I wish my successor, Pierre, all the best for his new position as I’m sure he will do a great job here”.

Christoph Kleiner, Managing Director Sales of the Mobile and Crawler Cranes Division at Liebherr, is delighted: “We have found a very good successor for Daniel Pitzer in the form of Pierre Bilgeri. He knows the business and he has been a familiar face with Liebherr for many years. The very important service structure throughout the USA and the expansion of the LRT sales model are absolutely important to our business model – this is where Pierre Bilgeri’s long years of experience in the USA market will pay dividends. I am delighted to have the perfect opportunity at the Conexpo to be able to introduce Pierre Bilgeri in person to many of our long-standing customers.”