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Cobb, Connelly Among Those Shifting Titles At Henny Penny

In a nod to its long-term future in the foodservice firmament, Henny Penny has announced an organizational restructuring comprised of several leadership changes. Under the new corporate structure, the equipment manufacturer has added the CEO title to Rob Connelly’s duties as president. Steve Cobb, who had been serving as chairman and CEO, remains as chairman.

Other announced shifts include Jeff Kincer, previously v.p.-engineering, now serves as v.p.-manufacturing and innovation, a newly created area combining engineering, product development and innovation. Tim Crammer, who had been v.p.-marketing, is now v.p.-services, another newly created area combining technical support, customer service and purchasing.

According to CEO/Pres. Connelly, “2014 has been an exciting year of growth and planning. Change is a constant for any successful business. One of the most significant changes is occurring within a newly created area that will bring together our engineering, product development and innovation areas.”

Executives with new responsibilities in this area include Rick Cartwright; previously director-controls engineering, he assumes the title of director-product development and innovation and will oversee electronic engineering, project management, product management, product development and food science. Don Kern, previously director-quality assurance and safety, takes over as director-engineering. He’ll oversee a newly created department of quality and warranty as well as engineering, reliability and lab engineering services and safety.

Henny Penny, which acquired Wood Stone in 2012, manufactures fryers, combi ovens, rotisseries, holding cabinets and display merchandisers. The 57-year-old company recently announced a 44,000-sq.-ft. addition to its headquarters in Eaton, Ohio.

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