August start for new Manitowoc global chief

Manitowoc’s global foodservice division is set to be led by a new face from August 1.

Robert Hund will take on the role of president of the company’s $1.2 billion (£790m)-a-year catering equipment business, reporting directly to CEO Glen Tellock.

His appointment ends the company’s four-month search for an executive to run its foodservice arm after its former chief Michael Kachmer resigned to pursue a CEO role elsewhere.

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When the company announced his departure back in April it admitted at the time that “several strong internal candidates” were being considered for the role.

New boss Hund most recently served as an executive VP of Manitowoc’s Crane Care division, where he oversaw a global network of service and distribution centres for the company’s eight crane product lines across 19 countries.

Although his background is largely in the construction equipment industry, the manufacturer expects his management skills to be an asset to its foodservice business.

“Bob has been instrumental in helping to drive our recent financial success and operational improvements within the Crane segment,” said Tellock. “He brings demonstrated global leadership to the Manitowoc Foodservice organisation, in addition to his broad-based business and managerial expertise.”

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