Unified Brands has bolstered its team with the addition of Ajay Kothari and Brent Barkley, as well as announced the promotion of Clay Thames.
Kothari will serve as senior director of technology, leading a team of engineers researching technological advances – both in and outside of the foodservice industry – to drive the company’s efforts in product enhancement and new product development.
Barkley will serve as senior director of strategic brand management for Randell and Avtec, focusing on product positioning, product line expansion and design and manufacturing efficiencies.
Thames will fulfill the same responsibilities in his appointment to senior director of strategic brand management for Groen, Power Soak, and CapKold.
Dave Herring, president of Unified Brands, said: “We are optimistic about our future in the commercial foodservice equipment industry, and are well-positioned for successful expansion of our product portfolio in our three centers of excellence in Michigan (custom manufacturing), Mississippi (production manufacturing) and Georgia (corporate training and culinary center).”
Kothari has more than a decade of engineering and manufacturing experience. His vast experience and proven track record of product development will help Unified Brands strengthen its product portfolio and positioning with new technology and new products.
Barkley comes to Unified Brands with a wealth of experience driving revenue growth in sales, marketing and engineering positions.
With a background in account and brand building, Barkley has worked in different manufacturing markets and is primed to continue to boost the Randell and Avtec brands as an industry leader in commercial refrigeration and ventilation, respectively.
Thames has served at Unified Brands for more than 20 years, including the last five as product line director for cooking and warewashing.
He will continue to bolster the Groen, Power Soak and CapKold product lines – validating their reputation as leaders in commercial cooking, warewashing and cook-chill production.