The International Powered Access Federation is implementing new staff and resource structures that will be effective from January 2014 for Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Italy, as part of continuous improvement of its member assistance worldwide.
Antonio Barbosa, country manager for Brazil, will be responsible for all IPAF operations in Latin America beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
José Manuel Mayo will continue to serve as country representative for Spain, covering all IPAF operations and auditing in the country.
Filipa Sanches will continue in her role as country representative for Portugal, and will continue to provide assistance to IPAF members and training centers in Latin America and Spain.
Romina Vanzi will take on an expanded role as territory manager for non-English speaking regions and mast-climbing work platforms. Previously based in Chile, Vanzi will be based in the Basel, Switzerland, IPAF office beginning in September. She will supervise and coordinate IPAF’s operations in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula as she has been doing since 2011. In addition, she will supervise and coordinate IPAF’s operations in Italy, working together with the IPAF Italia team. She will also be responsible for developing structures to provide enhanced support and communication to IPAF country representatives, and for developing support and services for IPAF’s MCWP members worldwide.
Gerhard Hillebrand, country manager for Italy and Italian-speaking regions, will retire in April 2014. A well-respected industry veteran with a career that began in 1953, Hillebrand held various sales and marketing management positions with leading international manufacturers and distributors in the earthmoving, crane and powered access industries (Link Belt, Coles Cranes, JLG, Grove, Locatelli), before becoming a majority partner and managing director of a family-owned export company for Italian truck-mounted industrial and firefighting aerial work platforms and mobile cranes (Cella, Rigo, Locatelli, Bencini). He has been IPAF’s representative in Italy since 2004 and has led the Federation’s operations through a period of high growth and constant change. In 2012, Hillebrand was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Awards for Powered Access in Rome, in recognition of his long-standing role as a nurturer and guiding hand to all those in the powered access industry.
“Many will share my admiration for all the hard work, enthusiasm and imagination that Gerhard has brought to IPAF in the 10 years that he has been working with the Federation,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “Naturally Gerhard’s departure leaves a big challenge for IPAF and we are taking measures to ensure that our members in Italy, and elsewhere, continue to receive the support and leadership that they have become accustomed to. We have an excellent team in Italy who we will rely on to take additional responsibilities.”
IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide.