Manitowoc Names New Global Product Directors for Potain Cranes


Manitowoc, Manitowoc, Wis., named Thibaut Le Besnerais global product director for the company’s Potain tower crane line. Le Besnerais will create and oversee product strategy for Manitowoc’s range of tower cranes built under the Potain brand.

Additionally, Rémi Deporte, global product director for mechanisms at Potain, will expand his responsibilities to include Manitowoc’s line of Potain self-erecting cranes. In this new role, Deporte will report to Le Besnerais.

Le Besnerais, in turn, will report to Ingo Schiller, senior vice president of marketing and product management. Le Besnerais will work closely with the regional executive vice presidents as well as with the company’s engineering, marketing, sales and operations teams to coordinate and facilitate new product launches and product updates.

Le Besnerais has more than 15 years of experience at Manitowoc. He first joined the company as commercial director for France, and has since assumed several other roles, including running Manitowoc Crane Care for the EMEA region. His assumed his latest role as vice president for Manitowoc’s range of special application cranes (which are also built under the Potain brand) in 2009. He was also responsible for sales of used cranes in EMEA.

Both Le Besnerais and Deporte will continue to be based at Manitowoc’s Ecully, France, location.