Richard “Rick” Caron, executive vice president and chief innovation officer for Welbilt, passed away following a brief, non-COVID-19 related illness. He was 65 years old.
Caron served as the head of innovation and technology since joining Welbilt’s predecessor company Enodis in 2005. Back in 2016 Caron discussed the evolution of the commercial kitchen as part of the inaugural FE&S Foodservice Equipment and Design Thought Leadership event.
“Rick’s contributions to the commercial foodservice equipment industry were immeasurable as he was involved in numerous new technologies and innovations in speed cooking, blended and nitrogenous beverages, fryer oil filtering and connected equipment and kitchens,” said Bill Johnson, Welbilt’s president and chief executive officer in a statement released by the company. “Rick was constantly sought after by customers, industry experts and other innovators for his insights and vision of the future, and his thoughts on how to make that vision become reality. Rick’s passion and high energy level came through in everything he did, and he distinguished Welbilt as one of the most innovative companies in our industry. Welbilt’s board of directors and all Welbilt employees mourn his loss and offer their sincere condolences to Rick’s family.”