Mercer Culinary tapped Carrie McDonald to serve as director of national accounts.
RATIONAL AG promoted Simon Lohse to executive vice president of North America from managing director of RATIONAL United Kingdom. In his new role, Lohse serves as president of RATIONAL USA. His responsibilities include overseeing strategic positioning and business operations for the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Andrew Cathy will become CEO of Chick-fil-A effective Nov. 1, 2021. He will succeed his father, Dan Cathy, who has served as CEO since 2013. Following the CEO transition, Dan Cathy will remain chairman of the board.
Overcoming significant supply chain challenges and other factors, sales of foodservice equipment and supplies increased 19.1% in the second quarter of 2021, beating projections by 3%, per the Business Barometer published by the Manufacturers Agents’ Association for the Foodservice Industry. Looking ahead, MAFSI members project a 20.7% sales increase for the third quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
Katie Cox was appointed vice president of business development for The Middleby Corporation, an Elgin, Ill.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. In this role, Cox assumes responsibility for large Middleby chain accounts while also working on new business development. Cox will be based in the Dallas area but her customers will span the U.S.
Antoinette “Toni” Watkins, MS, RDN, is the recipient of the 2021 Gold Plate Award presented by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. Watkins is system director of Food & Nutrition Services at Riverside Health System.
The National Restaurant Association named John Zimmermann, vice president of quality assurance and food safety at First Watch Restaurants, as the 2021 Outstanding Food Safety Leader.