Henny Penny chairman Steve Cobb has announced he will retire from his role at the end of 2019, although he will continue serving on the board of directors.
Cobb, who stepped down from CEO duties five years ago, will be replaced as chairman by current CEO Rob Connelly.
Since joining the company in 1988 Steve continued the business success and legacy of his father Jack, who had taken on an ownership role in 1975.
He took on roles ranging from sales to manufacturing before becoming president & CEO in 1997.
Cobb said: “Over the last 60 years, my family has been intimately involved in building Henny Penny into a global leader in the foodservice equipment business, starting with my father.
“I expanded on his vision as Henny Penny became the trusted partner of the world’s most well-known restaurants. As I planned my own succession, I wanted Henny Penny to continue thriving as a privately-held company headquartered in Eaton, Ohio.
“Forming an ESOP and turning HP employees into employee owners was an ideal solution. As I reflect on the last five years, I am thrilled with the impact that decision has had on the company, our employee owners, our business partners and the community.” S
A respected industry leader, Cobb is a past officer and president of the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) organization.
Rob Connelly said: “Steve has deeply touched the lives of many people at Henny Penny, in our industry and in our community.
“Under Steve’s leadership, Henny Penny became recognized for building the best equipment in the world — a relationship driven, people first company committed to solving the needs of our customers and improving the communities where we work, live and raise our families.
“We are unique. We know it. We feel it. And we will honor the Cobb legacy by continuing to be a thriving company that’s the best place to work and grow.”