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Gerard Strong was hired as a corporate chef for Alto-Shaam, a Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Company veteran Christian Racine was named COO for Redberry Restaurants, a Canada-based franchisee of such chains as Burger King, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

Globe Food Equipment Co. promoted Jenni Bair to director of marketing and product strategy for the Dayton, Ohio-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Cal-Mil added two people to its regional sales team. Kenny Bizosky and Christina Perrino assume responsibility for the manufacturer’s Northeast and Southeast territories, respectively.

Karl Searl was promoted to president of Pitco Frialator, overseeing the operations of Middleby fryer brands Pitco, Ultrafryer and Anets, manufactured in Bow, N.H.

Kevin King will rejoin Donatos as president of the pizza chain, effective January 4, 2022. Tom Krouse, who has held the dual role of president and CEO since 2010 will remain in the latter position.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management introduced its updated board of directors, including Rob Gebhardt of JLL as its president.

Hatco Corp. promoted Cindy Cervantes to vice president and chief financial officer for the Milwaukee-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works promoted Nikolai Hinzer. He will now serve as Europe head of sales for both the T&S and KLARCO product lines.

Mercer Culinary tapped Ryan Ivey to serve as regional sales manager for its western territory.

CFS Brands acquired Progressive Products, which manufactures the WipesPlus. Headquartered in Rye Brook, N.Y., the WipesPlus manufactures FDA and EPA registered and approved wet and dry wipes for foodservice areas, healthcare environments, gyms, retail, and public spaces. The company’s product line also includes dispensing solutions.

North American Kitchen Solutions Inc., a factory-direct manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems, has acquired Lane Mechanical Inc., a commercial kitchen sheet metal fabricator. Lane Mechanical’s line includes commercial kitchen hoods, stainless-steel sinks, worktables, dish tables, expo lines and more.

A quartet of company executives have completed the acquisition of Mobile Fixture from Walne Donald Jr., the longtime owner of the Alabama-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. In addition to continuing in their current roles, president Ben Whitlock, chief operating officer Keith Murray, director of sales Chris Pacey and chief financial officer Leigh Thompson now own the company.

Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Ali Group has acquired The Montague Company, a commercial cooking and refrigeration company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

EMC Hospitality buys Hodak Sales while PMG adds to its rep network and Limelight bolsters its line card.

Alto-Shaam added foodservice equipment veteran Scott Westbrook to serve as regional service manager for the Northeast United States.

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies will increase by 11.3% in 2022, per projections from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry.

Baltimore-based hospitality group Atlas Restaurant Group acquired two local restaurants on Dec. 20, The Valley Inn and The Oregon Grille. The additions bring Atlas’ total restaurant portfolio to 25 locations.

Multiconcept operator Bloomin’ Brands promoted Michael Healy to president of its Bonefish Grill concept, which has more than 180 units throughout the U.S.

Eugene Lee will retire from his post as CEO of Darden Restaurants, effective May 29, 2022. At that time company veteran Rick Cardenas will assume the CEO role for Darden.