Ali Group switches up Frymaster management

Oscar Villa, Frymaster

Frymaster has changed its president for the second time in four months following a series of organizational changes implemented by new parent company Ali Group.

Oscar Villa (main image), who has served with Ali Group for the past 10 years and initially worked at its Milan HQ, has taken over as boss of the commercial fryer brand with immediate effect.

He will be in charge of day-to-day affairs at the business, which fell into Ali Group’s hands as part of its takeover of Welbilt and manufactures frying equipment from its production facility in Louisiana, USA.

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Mr Villa replaces Brian Holdrich, who spent a brief spell in the hot-seat having only been named president of Frymaster at the end of August 2022 after Todd Phillips retired.

Mr Holdrich previously served as VP of sales and marketing Americas at Frymaster, where he has worked since 2009.

The leadership switch was announced by Erik Nommsen, CEO of Ali Group North America, who confirmed that Mr Villa is now responsible for the day-to-day management of Frymaster operations.

Mr Villa joined Ali Group as corporate controller in 2013 before moving to its Chicago office to take on the same title the year after.

He served in that post role until 2016 and then transitioned to Ali Group’s North American refrigeration arm, which includes Beverage-Air and Victory Refrigeration, as CFO. For the last four years he has served as president of the Refrigeration Division.

As well as the Frymaster change, Mr Nommsen confirmed two other high-profile executive moves.

Will Means has taken over as preside of Ali Group’s North American Refrigeration Division while Scott Cherevaty will head up its Champion Group.

“Each of these individuals brings outstanding skills and experience to their new positions, and will help us move their respective companies forward,” said Mr Nommsen.

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