Expected Growth in U.S. Market Leads to Leadership Shift at Liebherr

Daniel Pitzer hands over responsibility for the U.S. market to Pierre Bilgeri as Pitzer moves to the headquarters in Ehingen, Germany to take up the position of CFO

Daniel Pitzer (left) handing over the U.S. market responsibility for mobile cranes to Pierre Bilgeri (right).
Daniel Pitzer (left) handing over the U.S. market responsibility for mobile cranes to Pierre Bilgeri (right).
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Starting in April 2020, Daniel Pitzer will change positions and move to the Liebherr headquarters for mobile and crawler cranes in Ehingen, Germany, becoming CFO of the mobile and crawler crane division. His successor in charge of the USA market for the mobile and cawler cranes division is Pierre Bilgeri. Liebherr continues to rely on long term partnerships with satisfied customers in the USA.

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 330 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.

“I’m truly thankful for the last five years here in the United States and for the trust our customers have put into us," Pitzer says. "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”.

“We have found a very good successor for Daniel Pitzer in the form of Pierre Bilgeri," Christoph Kleiner, managing director sales of the mobile and crawler cranes division at Liebherr says. "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.”