Mikasa Hospitality, part of the Lifetime Brands, Inc. family, has announced the addition of Mary Agnes Palumbo, Jean Fritsche, and Michael Butler to its food service team.
All three new hires are reporting to David Mackrell, president tabletop/food service at Lifetime Brands.
Mary Agnes Palumbo is vice president, national accounts for Mikasa Hospitality. She is well-established and regarded in the foodservice industry, serving most recently as national hospitality sales manager for Libby Products.
Jean Fritsche joins as vice president of sales, with responsibility for the West Coast. Prior to joining Mikasa Hospitality, Fritsche was a senior account manager at Access Partners.
Fritsche has a strong track record in developing positive professional relationships with distributors and end-users in the Western United States.
Meanwhile, Michael Butler is the new vice president of sales, with responsibility for the East Coast.
Butler has excellent leadership skills and sales and management experience in the food service industry. His most recent sales positions were with USHealth Group and Vertex China.
Mackrell said the trio have outstanding credentials and possess a robust background in the hospitality industry.
“Their proven track records and strong leadership skills will be valuable assets to the Mikasa Hospitality team. This represents a further investment by Mikasa Hospitality to be an industry leader. We look to bring a breadth of fresh air to the vendor community with a strong, comprehensive product offering from a well-established, financially-sound global company.
“We have our sights set on growing our position in the industry and will support the vendor community as the end markets begin to rebound from a year of challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic.”