Well-known UK catering equipment industry figure Steve Loughton is to step down from his role at Hoshizaki UK as director, UK and Ireland, on 1 October.
After 45 years in the sector, Loughton is set to hang up his metaphorical chefs’ whites and retire. During his career he has worked for major brands such as Garland, Welbilt, Kitchen Brains, Manitowoc Foodservice, Standex, Jestic, as well as his most recent role at Hoshizaki, where he helped to guide the integration of the Gram brand in the UK.
Uwe Reimer, director of sales, EMEA, at Hoshizaki Europe commented: “We would like to thank Steve for his hard work over the last 2 years, in what has been an important transitional period for both the Hoshizaki and Gram brands, as well as Hoshizaki Europe as a whole.
“We would like to wish Steve a very long and enjoyable retirement and all the best for the future.”
Stepping into the vacated role will be current director of sales and chain accounts and past CESA chairman, Simon Frost.
He brings over 20 years’ experience in the industry with companies such as Falcon, Manitowoc Foodservice and Wexiodisk. Frost will officially take on the role in October, but both he and Loughton will work closely together in the coming months to ensure a seamless handover.
Hoshizaki Europe’s Reimer continued: “We are delighted to have the perfect successor to Steve already part of the existing Hoshizaki UK team.
“I am confident that Simon will build on the foundations that Steve has already laid and would like to congratulate him on his appointment as director of UK and Ireland, Hoshizaki.”