Gary Nunn, the owner and MD of Unox UK, is to retire from his full-time role after successfully steering the UK business, along with his wife Lisa, through a management buyout by the global Unox organisation last year.
Nunn has performed the role for nearly 17 years, starting in October 2004. Scott Duncan will replace him as MD of Unox UK from 4 May.
Duncan has been sales director at Carpigiani UK for 7 years, having previously worked in key sales and business development roles for Servequip and later Jestic Foodservice following its acquisition of Servequip in 2011.
He brings nearly 20 years of foodservice equipment industry experience, having been instrumental in the continued growth of Carpigiani, which more than doubled the value of its UK business between 2014 and 2020.
Duncan said: “I’ve been very impressed by the approach that Unox is taking to the foodservice equipment sector, placing technology, connectivity and innovation at the heart of everything they do. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for me.
“I have only ever worked with manufacturers that delivered a real premium product and were seen as best in class – and I have no hesitation that Unox sits right in that space.”
He continued: “Working with large foodservice chains, regional chains and independents in recent years, I’ve heard many customers talking about the quality of Unox products, along with the brilliant service and after sales they had experienced. In my previous role we actually had Unox ovens in our London development kitchen so I had already seen the quality of the products for myself too.
“I spoke with Gary and the global management team and it was very obvious from early on that the next few years for Unox are important ones as the company aims to implement an aggressive 5-year growth plan. That challenge is a huge attraction to me and I’m looking forward to joining a fast-moving company which combines innovative products and a dedicated team of talented people, backed by continued investment from the global business.”
Unox supplies a wide range of ovens and kitchen equipment including the Cheftop range of compact, countertop and ‘Big’ combi ovens, Bakertop range of pastry ovens for bakers and the Bakerlux Shop.Pro and Bakerlux Speed.Pro, for bakery operations in commercial settings including retail.
With a team of 42 engineers focusing on product development, it also offers the Evereo ‘hot fridge’, which has redefined hot-holding to maintain food safely at the temperature at which it is served and eaten, and above the danger zone for bacterial growth.
Duncan added: “Technology presents a huge opportunity to help those in the industry overcome their challenges as they continue their recovery from the pandemic. Unox is committed to continuing the development of innovative solutions which deliver better results for customers through ‘Data Driven Cooking’.
“One of the biggest strengths of Unox is the fact that it manufactures 97% of its oven components in-house and the rest are sourced within 30km of the factory in Padova, Italy. This allows us Unox to control the costs, quality and reliability of its products, which undoubtedly benefits their many customers around the world.
“I must credit the fantastic job that Gary and Lisa have done in recent years to get the business in the strong position it is today. I can’t wait to get started and I see myself being here for a very long time.”