Pitco picks president to fire up fryer business

Karl Searl, president Pitco

Karl Searl has been promoted to president of Pitco Frialator, overseeing the operations of Middleby fryer brands Pitco, Ultrafryer and Anets.

In this role, Karl will be responsible for the overall strategic direction and the day-to-day operations of the three fryer brands, which are manufactured in Bow, New Hampshire.

He will direct and oversee manufacturing, sales and marketing, engineering and accounting activities.

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Steve Spittle, chief commercial officer at Middleby, said: “Karl has proven himself a strong and respected leader over the past few years, during a very challenging business environment. His heavy involvement was key in successfully integrating Ultrafryer into the New Hampshire facility.

“During that transition, his team continued to launch new products, expanding our fryer offerings to meet customer needs. Quickly bringing the latest innovation to market has always been a priority for Karl, and because of that our fryer brands continue to be sought after and highly respected.

“Under his leadership I am confident Pitco, Ultrafryer and Anets will continue to be the premiere brands in the marketplace.”

Searl joined Middleby in 2017 as vice president of engineering, working with the company’s customers on their solutions. He was made general manager of Pitco Frialator in 2019. He formerly served

Prior to that he served with Laird Technologies, where he was the director of global engineering, overseeing the research and development of wireless RF solutions at its global sites in the US and southeast Asia.

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