Management Team

Andrew M. Rooke

Andrew M. Rooke

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rooke has served as our Chief Executive Officer since December 2016. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Manitex from March 2007 through December 2016 and has been directly engaged in the operations of our business as a member of our Board of Managers since the formation of the Joint Venture in December 2014. Mr. Rooke joined Manitex in January 2007 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Testing and Assembly Equipment segment. From 2002 through June 2006, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for GKN Sinter Metals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GKN plc, a company with 46 operating units worldwide that is engaged in the design, manufacture and sales of highly engineered components and assemblies to the global automotive and industrial OEMs, including con rods, transmissions and gears. During his employment with GKN Sinter Metals, Inc., Mr. Rooke was responsible for worldwide finance operations, including reporting, treasury, compliance and analysis, information technology, worldwide procurement and business strategy, including mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, Mr. Rooke was Director and Controller of GKN Off-Highway and Auto Components Division. In February 2012, Mr. Rooke was appointed and serves as Member of Spartan Motors, Inc. Board of Directors. Mr. Rooke holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from York University in the United Kingdom is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Melissa How

Melissa How

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. How brings more than sixteen years of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. She joined ASV, Inc. in 1999 after spending seven years as an accounting supervisor with Industrial Lubricant Co. She was named Controller of ASV in 2006 and assumed the lead finance role for ASV in 2009. In 2012, under Terex ownership, she became Finance Director of Terex with responsibility for several Terex business segments and with a focus on internal controls and strategic objectives. In that capacity, Ms. How served as our Finance Director from December 2014 through May 2017, when she became our Chief Financial Officer upon the completion of our initial public offering.

James DiBiagio

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. DiBiagio served as our General Manager since joining us in January 2013 until the completion of our initial public offering in May 2017, when he was appointed as our  Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining us, Mr. DiBiagio served as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Oystar North America, a packaging machinery and technology company from March 2011 until June 2012. Mr. DiBiagio has more than 35 years of diverse manufacturing, operational and business leadership with companies serving a variety of industries including aerospace, the automotive industry and capital equipment, such as Manitowoc, Johnson Controls and Kaydon.