US-based robot cooking system manufacturer Miso Robotics has appointed a new chief technology officer (CTO) and expanded its board of advisers.
New CTO Christopher Kruger will lead the charge to scale new products for new markets while overseeing Miso Robotics’ current technology portfolio.
He joins from iRobot, where he led the team that developed a large-scale cloud-based robotics simulation platform for Roombas and other home robots that improved software quality and speed.
Prior to that, Kruger worked at Hewlett Packard (HP) where he was the senior director of workflow engineering. He was responsible for forming a new engineering team that was focused on data science and machine learning to develop workflow analytics and intelligence.
Ryan Sinnet, who previously served as CTO, will transition his role into a full-time lead for research and development as Miso Robotics’ chief research officer, supporting the company in pioneering new innovative, cutting-edge software and technology.
In addition to Kruger, Miso Robotics has brought on new industry expertise and leaders to help successfully infiltrate new markets like the beverage space.
The firm’s expanded board of advisors now comprises William (Bill) Mitchell, John Inwright and Jane Gannaway.
Bill Mitchell is the president of Hut American, Flynn Restaurant Group, and has nearly 30 years of US and global franchising experience.
John Inwright is the former president and chief executive officer of Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative – a role which he filled for more than a decade until his retirement from full-time employment in January 2021.
Jane Gannaway is the principal for JPG Consulting, where she works with clients in foodservice and retail worldwide with a focus in strategic planning, engineering, productivity, facility design and layout.
Miso Robotics’ CEO Mike Bell commented: “We are in the extremely fortunate position to not only bring in a rockstar CTO in, Chris, but also strengthen our board of advisors to give us a holistic understanding of the vast foodservice market and help us navigate the untapped areas in it where we can integrate our technology.
“With the amount of product interest we receive on a daily basis, we needed to make sure we had the right team in place to meet our rapid growth trajectory – and this is that team.”