Chris Jones has been promoted into the role as the group president of Middleby Worldwide – Europe, adding to his current responsibilities as MD of Middleby UK and the Lincat Group.
He first became Lincat MD in 2017, stepping up from the distributor sales director role.
Subsequently in 2018 he was promoted to additionally overseeing both the IMC and Britannia Kitchen Ventilation brands, and in 2019 he also took the helm of all Middleby Group brands in the UK.
In a statement, Middleby detailed: “During his time at Middleby, Chris has been instrumental in helping reshape the selling and distribution strategy in the UK.
“Additionally, throughout the last year during Covid, Chris and his team launched the new Middleby UK showroom and many new products across all of his product lines to better support the client base.
“Chris’ customer-centric approach, coupled with his ‘Middleby 1’ strategy that he has implemented in the UK, will set him up for success as he takes on the leadership role in all of Europe.”
Jones recently discussed the thinking behind the Middleby 1 concept in an exclusive interview with Catering Insight’s sister title, FEJ.
He described it as his vision for the future of Middleby within the UK: “We have independent brands such as Lincat, IMC, FriFri and 57 brands from Middleby globally and we all operate with different P&Ls. But the Middleby 1 concept is all to do with how we bring that together for the customer. We want to be easy to deal with.”