Charlie Patterson becomes Skyjack president
12 January 2024
Charlie Patterson has officially taken on the position of president of Skyjack following the announcement last June that he would start the role at the beginning of 2024.
Patterson, who was previously Vice President of International Operations at Skyjack, took over the presidency from Ken McDougall, who has retired. The change brought to a close McDougall’s 36-year career at Skyjack’s parent company Linamar, during which he led Skyjack for two separate periods.
Patterson joined Skyjack in 2000 as UK Sales Manager and went on to head the UK and European operations. He oversaw the opening of Skyjack offices in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden and Australia and previously led sales in Asia-Pacific.
“I am thrilled and honoured to take on the role as Skyjack President,” said Patterson. “Ken has done an exceptional job moving Skyjack forward to date, and I look forward to continuing to build upon that momentum.
“As always Skyjack will be dedicated to being easy to do business with, while developing simple and reliable solutions for rental companies worldwide.”
McDougall started his career at Skyjack parent company Linamar in 1987 as a tool designer, moving up into various key roles including Global Sales and Estimating Manager, and Vice President of Operations. “It has been an honour to serve as Skyjack President during this period of immense growth and transformation,” McDougall said. “I am confident that with his experience, knowledge and leadership skills Charlie Patterson will do an outstanding job in moving Skyjack forward.”