MADISON, Ind. — Dover Corp.'s Vehicle Service Group (VSG) has promoted Kirk Dawson to vice president and general manager – the Americas, to succeed Matt Webster, who is retiring after 35 years with the company.
VSG — which comprises 13 brands in the vehicle lift, wheel service and collision repair markets including Rotary, Chief, Forward, Ravaglioli and Direct-Lift — said Mr. Dawson will be responsible for VSG's commercial business in North and South America, based at the firm's headquarters in Madison.
His appointment is effective Dec. 1.
Mr. Dawson joined VSG as vice president of heavy duty in 2012 and was promoted to vice president of lifting equipment in November 2016. Prior to that he held a number of positions at Cummins Inc. in engineering, marketing, sales, customer service and distribution roles.
VSG President Niclas Ytterdahl lauded Mr. Webster as having been a "tremendous asset to VSG as his leadership helped us grow from a North American niche manufacturer to a global enterprise."
He also pointed out that Mr. Dawson's "resume of commercial successes, knowledge of our marketplace and passion for our customers" leave VSG well positioned to continue to grow in the Americas.