Ian Garner is to retire from his role as managing director of Hobart Cooking Solutions after almost four decades with the company’s UK operation.
The industry veteran has confirmed that he will leave Hobart at the end of 2013 after giving the company 39 years’ service.
In recent years he has managed the centralisation of the UK operation in Peterborough and restructured the business into three segmented divisions: Cooking, Warewashing and Service.
He said: “Having overseen the smooth transition and successful implementation of the new organisation, I feel the time is right for me to make the move, because the company is now well placed to build on its position as a leading UK supplier of cooking equipment, as well as being recoginised as a market leader for warewashing. I retain my passion and enthusiasm for the industry and would like to continue to make a contribution in some way after I retire from my current role.”
Hobart said it would announce the name of his successor shortly.
Garner joined Hobart UK as a food processing specialist in the north west region in 1975 and after working within the national accounts team for many years became national sales manager in 1990. He became sales director in 1994 and director for sales and marketing three years later.
He was appointed managing director for the entire Hobart UK operation in 1999 and managed the business through its acquisition by ITW, the full segmentation of sales and service and the launch of numerous innovative new products.
In 2011, the creation of European product platforms resulted in the segmentation of Hobart UK into three business units and that was when he became managing director of Hobart Cooking Solutions, where he recently led the roll-out of the dealer-focused Wolf brand into the UK market.
Steve Brown, Hobart’s President Cooking Europe, paid tribute to Garner’s achievements at the company: “I would like to thank Ian for his outstanding contribution to Hobart over the past 39 years and for his commitment, enthusiasm and energy. I wish him well for the future as he looks forward to being able to dedicate more time to his family and hobbies.”