Alto-Shaam eyes new markets with senior sales appointment

Brian Jahnke is the new vice president of business development for Europe

Alto-Shaam is hoping to create partnerships with new, emerging markets through the appointment of a new vice president in Europe.

The firm has hired former Specifi vice president of international sales, Brian Jahnke as its new vice president of business development for Europe.

Jahnke is tasked with creating and implementing strategies to provide world-class support to Alto-Shaam’s international accounts and the distributors, consultants and specifiers who service them. He will be working with various markets, leveraging existing opportunities and targeting new markets.

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“Brian has deep experience in the foodservice equipment industry,” said Lucy McQuillan, executive vice president of global sales at Alto-Shaam. “He has a proven track record of building and leading international teams to expand global sales presence.”

Prior to joining Alto-Shaam, Jahnke was most recently vice president of international sales for Specifi, a supplier of software solutions to the foodservice industry. He also worked as the vice president of business development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Kitchen Brains and director of international sales for CookTek. In these positions he was responsible for creating and managing strategic plans in order to grow revenue, expand into new territories and customer segments, and support those customers.

Alto-Shaam continues to see organic growth of the business at a rate of more than 15% annually since 2010. Through new product development, customer channel growth and superior customer service, the company continues to be a strong performer in global markets.

Jahnke will travel to Orlando for The NAFEM Show, one of the foodservice equipment and supply industry’s premier events. Alto-Shaam executives will be available throughout the show to meet with customers and members of the media.

“Alto-Shaam pioneered the solutions that are essential to profitable foodservice and retail operations around the world,” said Jahnke. “It’s an honour to join their family and I am looking forward to working with teams across our European network.”

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