George W. Prest, who was executive chairman of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), has stepped down from that post to join the MHIA staff.
The group's board of governors announced on Monday that Prest, who had been director of business development at Unarco Material Handling, had been named MHIA's chief operating officer.
Prest had also served as president of the board of directors for the Material Handling Education Foundation. He has more than 30 years' experience in the material handling industry.
Prest will report to MHIA CEO John Nofsinger. MHIA says his duties will include managing MHIA's membership and trade event activities.
MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third-party logistics service providers. The association sponsors trade events, including ProMat 2011 and MODEX 2012, that showcase industry products and services.