HTC’s Salt to head up Wolffkran

3 September 2019

Peter Schiefer has handed over his position as CEO of Wolffkran to Duncan Salt, the company’s former head of sales and service. Salt joined Wolffkran in 2015, when the manufacturer acquired its UK crane supplier HTC Plant, where he had been general manager.

Since acquiring the German tower crane manufacturer from MAN in 2005, Schiefer has held both the position of CEO and delegate of the board of directors.

Schiefer will remain delegate of the board of directors and increase his focus on the strategic development of Wolffkran. He will invest the time gained driving and executing future-oriented projects such as the entry into new markets, the implementation of new technologies and the acquisition of Wolffkran complementary products and services.

"We have grown immensely since then 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 organisational set-up now,” Schiefer said.

The appointment of Duncan Salt sees a lifting professional assuming executive responsibility at Wolffkran, who has a proven track record in the industry, and a profound understanding of Wolffkran and its products, both from an internal as well as an external perspective.

Salt holds a degree in mechanical engineering and started his career in the construction industry with Laing O’Rourke. In 2005, Salt moved on to the tower crane business, first as general manager of the lifting solutions division of Select Plant Hire Company, and then as director and general manager of HTC Plant, UK supplier of tower cranes operating a fleet of some 250 Wolff tower cranes.

Following the acquisition of HTC, Salt joined Wolffkran in August 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.

"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," Salt said. “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.”