Foodservice News & Trends

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Beck to Become Ecolab President and COO

Thomas Handley will retire from his post as president and chief operating officer for Ecolab later this year. Christophe Beck, currently executive vice president and president of Ecolab’s Global Industrial Group, will succeed Handley as Ecolab’s president and COO, effective April 1, 2019. Until retirement, Handley will lead the work on the previously announced spin-off of the company’s Energy Services upstream business into a stand-alone company.

Oneida Promotes Gibson

seanGibsonSean GibsonThe Oneida Group promoted Sean Gibson to vice president of marketing and product innovation. He served as the company’s director of marketing and innovation since 2017.

Frontline Names New Customer Service Rep

MichaelSuesMichael SuesFrontline International hired Michael Sues to serve as a customer service representative.

Sues will serve as a conduit between customers and general contractors. His duties include soliciting and managing strategic service providers, overseeing bids, determining scope of work, assigning tasks, and managing schedules, deadlines, and deliveries.

Frontline International Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes commercial foodservice equipment for the storage, handling and disposal of cooking oil.

National Restaurant Association Show Names Co-Chairs for 2019 Show

Scott RedlerScott RedlerScott Redler of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and Mike Hickey of EcoLab Inc. were named co-chairs of the 2019 National Restaurant Association Show, Hotel-Motel Show.

Mike HickeyMike Hickey

Redler’s career in the industry began as a teen in St. Louis, where at 15 he catered events to groups ranging from 2 to 6,000. Throughout the years, he has owned, managed, and developed numerous restaurants. He is the chief operating office and co-founder of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. Today, Freddy’s has more than 250 restaurant locations serving guests from coast-to-coast with a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family.

During his 33-year tenure at Ecolab, Hickey has held a number of key executive positions, including senior vice president and general manager of multiple operating units as well as senior vice president of global business development. Hickey began his career at Ecolab as a territory manager-in-training in 1985.

The 2019 National Restaurant Association Show takes place May 18-21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place

WFF Triggers Succession Plan

FES1903Pro Hattie HillHattie HillThe Women's Foodservice Forum is in the market for a new president and CEO after Hattie Hill, the person who has held that role since 2013, announced her plans to retire. Hill will remain with the WFF until the organization names her successor.

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