Food robotics company Chowbotics has appointed Rick Wilmer as its new CEO.
Wilmer is a proven CEO with 30 years’ experience and his appointment follows a year which has seen exponential growth and the company emerging as a leader in food robotics.
His background includes a variety of dynamic roles and responsibilities that Chowbotics says will help him provide expertise and guidance to the team.
He started his career in the hard disk drive industry, taking sophisticated electromechanical products to high volume production in VP of engineering and VP of operations roles.
Later, he was part of the management team at Aruba Networks as it conducted its IPO before joining Pliant as CEO and led it to an acquisition by SanDisk for $327M.
Recently, he was the CEO of Mojo Networks, which he led to a successful acquisition by Arista Networks.
Speaking about his appointment, Wilmer said: “I was immediately drawn to Chowbotics because of its phenomenal people, innovative product, impressive financial growth, and promising outlook for the future.
“I am thrilled to be working at the forefront of making fresh, healthy and delicious food ubiquitously available through technology.
“It’s an honor to be part of this team as we navigate the company into this new chapter of expansion.”
Chowbotics’ founder Dr. Deepak Sekar recruited Wilmer and will now assume the role of president, with responsibility for technology, products, and strategic partnerships.
Sekar said: “Since founding Chowbotics in 2014, my goal has been to bring fresh food to all through the proliferation of food robotics.
“Over the past five years, the company has grown significantly, and we are delighted to bring Rick on board to bring the company closer to achieving that goal.
”This new leadership structure will allow me more time to focus on developing our next product, which I find quite exciting.”