John Paxton Named New CEO of Material Handlers Industry Association


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MHI, an association focused on material handling that encompasses cranes and lift equipment, announced the appointment of John Paxton to the position of Chief Executive Officer of MHI. Paxton succeeded George W. Prest at his retirement as CEO on December 31, 2020.

Paxton was named MHI COO/CEO Designate in August of 2018 and brings over 30 years of experience to MHI including over 20 years of executive leadership at Demag Cranes and Components. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA in International Business from Kent State University.

Prior to joining the MHI Team, Paxton has been recognized for his volunteer leadership at MHI including serving as President of the Crane Manufacturers Association (CMAA), President of the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and as the Chairman of the Board of MHI.

“John’s leadership ability and knowledge of the material handling industry will elevate MHI’s role in the broader supply chain conversation,” said MHI Industry Chairman Brett Wood.

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