- Published: April 29, 2019
- Written by The Editors
Breaking news for the full foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel. Includes information on dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators spanning leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, trends, data and much more.
Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group promoted Jeremy James to director of engineering from his previous role of engineering manager.
Panera Bread introduced Niren Chaudhary as president and CEO of the fast-casual restaurant chain. He succeeds Blaine Hurst, who will retire from his current role as CEO of Panera effective May 23, 2019. Hurst will remain on Panera’s board of directors and become vice chairman.
Foodservice industry veteran Wayne Froehlich was hired to fill the newly created position of general manager of Automatic Bar Controls, a division of Middleby. In his role Froehlich will oversee the Automatic Bar Control beverage brands of Wunder-Bar, JoeTap, Starline, and Bloomfield.
Bruce Deckard has joined the Thermo-Kool team as a regional sales manager for the manufacturer’s midwestern and eastern U.S. territories.
Equipex promoted Eden Qudsieh to sales and marketing director, and added Felicia Whiting as national sales director.
Vollrath Company promoted Henry Case and Jill VanMenxel from regional sales managers to director of sales roles, both of which are newly created positions within the Vollrath Foodservice division.
Singer EVI added Jamie Gwynne Lackey to the newly created position of business development/sales manager. She will work with new clients to research their business and equipment needs for the foodservice design, equipment and supply company.
Brady, a full-line janitorial supply, equipment and foodservice distributor, promoted Alex Hay to general manager of its Denver operation and Trevor Foden to general manager of its Reno operation.
Cini•Little International promoted Kip Serfozo and Keith Short to director of design for the East and West Coasts respectively.