Michel Denis has been appointed as the new president and CEO of the Manitou Group, a French-based company which designs, manufactures and distributes material handling solutions for the agricultural and industrial sectors. Denis replaces Dominique Bamas, who has served as the interim CEO and president of the Manitou Group since March 6, 2013.


Denis, 48, began his career as a strategy consultant. He joined Dalkia in 1994 to develop cogeneration. He subsequently managed the French businesses of MC International which later became Johnson Controls, a specialist in industrial and commercial refrigeration. In 2003 he joined the Fraikin Group, the European leader in truck rentals, for which he was CEO until August of 2013. Over the past 10 years, he accompanied the strong international development of the Fraikin group which imposed its approach to the design of industrial vehicles, the associated services and the European financing of its fleet of 60,000 vehicles as a model.   Denis assumed his new position on January 13, 2014 for a four-year-term expiring at the shareholders' meeting for the approval of 2017 financial statements.