Leadership Insight: Ryan M. Gwillim’s Impact on Manitowoc Board of Directors


Ryan M. Gwillim Appointed to Manitowoc Board of Directors: A Strategic Addition to Lifting Solutions Leadership

Manitowoc, a renowned lifting solutions company with a legacy dating back to 1902, has recently made a significant addition to its Board of Directors. The board, which oversees the strategic direction of Manitowoc, has expanded from nine to ten members with the appointment of Ryan M. Gwillim.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Manitowoc is a global leader in engineered lifting solutions. The company specializes in designing, manufacturing, and distributing a diverse range of lifting equipment, including mobile hydraulic cranes, lattice-boom crawler cranes, boom trucks, and tower cranes.

The announcement of Ryan Gwillim’s election to the board, effective immediately, was met with enthusiasm from Kenneth W. Krueger, Chairman of Manitowoc’s Board of Directors. In a news release dated January 16, Krueger stated, “The Manitowoc Board of Directors is very pleased to have Ryan join the Board. With his strong financial skills and qualifications, along with his extensive background in international mergers and acquisitions, Ryan will contribute greatly to our efforts to increase shareholder value.”

Ryan Gwillim brings a wealth of experience to his new role, currently serving as the senior vice president and chief financial officer at Brunswick Corporation, a position he has held for nearly 13 years. His diverse roles at Brunswick Corporation include Vice President – Finance and Treasurer, Vice President – Investor Relations, Associate General Counsel International and Mergers and Acquisitions, Assistant General Counsel Corporate and Securities, and International Counsel – EMEA.

Gwillim’s educational background is impressive, holding a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Gies College of Business, an MSA in Accounting from the same institution, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law earned in 2005.

Before joining Brunswick Corporation, Gwillim served as an account director at CPA Global and as an associate at Baker & McKenzie. His career progression at Brunswick Corporation, as indicated on his LinkedIn profile, reflects his dedication and leadership, from Vice President of Investor Relations in September 2017 to Vice President – Finance and Treasurer in June 2019.

Brunswick Corporation, Gwillim’s current employer, stands as a prominent marine recreation company with over 60 industry-leading brands. The company not only sells and distributes various parts, accessories, and technology brands but also operates service-based businesses, including Freedom Boat Club and Boateka.

With Ryan M. Gwillim’s appointment, Manitowoc signals a strategic move to enhance its leadership team, leveraging Gwillim’s financial acumen and international mergers and acquisitions expertise in the dynamic realm of lifting solutions. The expanded board is poised to steer Manitowoc towards continued success and innovation in the evolving global market.