The Middleby Corporation has announced the addition of Robert A. Nerbonne to the company’s board of directors.
He brings more than 35 years of strategic business expertise to Middleby, including experience in top leadership positions with companies in the commercial foodservice equipment industry.
Most recently he was with Cooper-Atkins Corporation, joining as a consultant in 2012 and then named Executive Vice President, Officer, and Member of the Board of Directors in 2014.
He assisted in the restructuring and consolidation of company ownership and led the successful sale of the company in 2018.
Prior to his affiliation with Cooper-Atkins, Nerbonne was CEO of Ali Group North America.
In this position, which he held from 2009 to 2011, he was responsible for leading 15 brands of global manufacturers of commercial food service equipment.
Nerbonne has also held top leadership positions at Enodis (Welbilt) and was president of Pitco from 1988 to 1998, which was prior to Middleby ownership.
“Bob is an accomplished executive who has a deep knowledge base in a diversity of business environments,” said Gordon O’Brien, Middleby Chairman of the Board. “He has proven strategic, operational and financial expertise and is familiar with the business drivers and competitive landscape within our industry. He also brings experience in acquisition strategies, further strengthening the composition of the Middleby Board.”