MHEDA Names CEO as Liz Richards Retires


The Board of Directors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) recently announced the hiring of Jeannette Walker as incoming CEO. Jeannette will serve immediately as interim CEO during which time, the knowledge transfer phase will take place until the current CEO, Liz Richards, retires on December 31, 2023.

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Liz Richards

Jeannette brings a wealth of experience to MHEDA having served in executive positions during her tenure in the material handling industry over the past 22 years. Most recently, Jeannette held the titles of VP of sales, international sales director, global marketing director, marketing & advertising director, corporate communications manager, and marketing manager, all with TVH. She was previously employed by IMC Holdings from 2001 to 2007, a company that was acquired by TVH. From 1997-2001, Jeannette was the customer care manager for Toyota Marondera.

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Jeannette Walker

“Jeannette is the ideal selection given her vast background in executive leadership, marketing and communications, all the traits that are essential in association management. Combined with Jeannette’s knowledge and deep relationships with industry members and with the MHEDA team, this is a win-win-win for everyone,” says Liz Richards.

Jeannette added, “I am truly honored to have been selected for this pivotal role, and I am eager to contribute my skills and experience to MHEDA. The dedication and passion exhibited by the Board and the MHEDA team has reinforced my conviction that I have found the ideal environment to make a meaningful difference where innovation, collaboration and excellence thrive. I am committed to building upon the foundation that has been laid by Liz Richards’ inspirational vision and leadership.”

The MHI Board, Roundtable and staff would like to thank Liz for her leadership with MHEDA and partnership with MHI over her long tenure. We look forward to working with Jeannette as she begins her journey as MHEDA’s new leader.

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