Rational UK’s MD, Lee Norton, has left the combi oven manufacturing giant with immediate effect.

Norton will now be taking on a new challenge outside of the catering equipment industry.

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Having joined the firm in 2011, over the past 5 years he has steered the UK branch to grow significantly, including being the top-performing global subsidiary in 2014, and this year contributing to European sales revenues growing by 9%.

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Rational reported that it would appoint a suitable replacement for Norton in due course.

In the meantime, the day to day running of the UK division will be handled by the executive vice president of Rational AG, Götz Sauer, together with the established local management team.

The UK division now employs over 50 professionals, including 23 regional chefs, backed by support from 200 service engineers nationally.