May 26, 2023

CLARK Material Handling Company Announces Appointment of Mike Binnie as COO and CAO of CLARK North America

LEXINGTON, KY – May 26th, 2023 – CLARK Material Handling Company, a top-ten manufacturer of forklifts and spare parts, is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Michael Binnie as COO/CAO for its North America operations.


In this role, Mr. Binnie will oversee daily operations at CLARK, working closely with the CLARK dealer network, facilitating the continued innovation of the company, as well as working closely with the CLARK management team to build on the success of the company with a long-term strategic plan.  


Mr. Binnie has over 30 years of experience in various industries and holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. He will report to Dennis Lawrence, President and CEO of CLARK North America.

Mr. Binnie has previous experience with the Young An family of companies, having recently served as President and CEO of Dorfman Milano Company for the past four years in Stockton, California/Garland, Texas. Prior to that position, Mr. Binnie served as President, Dickies Workwear (North America) / VF Corporation. Mr. Binnie brings to the organization a solid business background in strategic planning, marketing and sales, and supply chain management.

“We are so pleased that Mike is joining us to enhance the success that CLARK has achieved in the marketplace over the past twenty years. He is a seasoned professional, with many years of leadership and operational expertise. He will be a valued asset to the team in North America,” commented Dennis Lawrence, President and CEO of CLARK North America.

“I am excited to be joining a team that has experienced exponential growth in the last two decades and believe that my experience leading successful companies will be beneficial to the CLARK brand. CLARK Material Handling Company’s culture is one of excellence and community, which is in alignment with my personal values,” added Mike Binnie, COO/CAO of CLARK North America.

Mr. Binnie will be based out of the CLARK corporate location in Dallas, Texas.


About CLARK Material Handling Company

CLARK Material Handling Company has been an industry leader since its production of the first gasoline powered material handling truck in 1917. CLARK has over 550 locations worldwide with dealer representation in more than 80 countries. A full range of I.C. and Electric trucks for diverse applications are available in the CLARK product line. For more information about CLARK, CLARK products and job opportunities at CLARK, please visit: