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Slew of senior management changes for Middleby as company stalwart retires

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Middleby Corporation has announced a number of incoming changes to its senior management team.

The foodservice stalwart has also revealed that one of its long-serving senior staff will step down as he retires at the end of the year.

Firstly, James K Pool III has been promoted to chief technology and operations officer.

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Steve Spittle, meanwhile, has been appointed to the role of chief commercial officer.

Elsewhere, chief operating officer David Brewer will be retiring at the end of the year.

He will continue to work for the rest of 2021 as Pool and Spittle prepare to share his responsibilities as he transitions to retirement.

He commented: “After 42 years of running food processing plants and working in the food service industry, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every part of this journey and completing it with Middleby this year will be a perfect way to finish.”

“I am excited to announce the addition of James and Steve to the executive team, further strengthening our leadership as we continue to transform our business,” said Middleby CEO Tim FitzGerald.

“These new executive roles will enhance our focus as we accelerate the introduction of technology solutions to the industry and innovate the customer experience in a rapidly-changing market.

“Innovation has been a long-standing hallmark of Middleby. The appointments of James and Steve bring highly capable individuals with a unique set of skills to carry forward this tradition as we innovate our business for the future.”

Meanwhile, Korey Kohl has been appointed to lead the Middleby Beverage Group and Najib Maalouf to lead the Middleby Residential Kitchen Equipment Group.

FitzGerald commented: “We have rapidly developed industry leading platforms at both our beverage and residential segments over recent years, with significant ongoing growth opportunities.

“The appointments of Korey and Najib provide proven, experienced leadership as we drive strategic expansion, execute on profitability initiatives, and ensure the realization of synergies at each of these business segments.”

Finally, Martin Lindsay has been appointed to chief risk and administration officer, while group presidents John Perruccio and Jeremy Dobrowolski, in addition to their brand management responsibilities, will lead strategic selling and service initiatives in the Commercial Foodservice Segment. 

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