Industry Moves & Promotions
Electrolux Professional North America has hired Joe Takhar as its new Director of Service, based out of the Charlotte, N.C., headquarter. He joins the company’s professional division with 30 years’ experience in private and public enterprise, including a dozen years working within three sectors of Electrolux. Takhar previously held the title of international senior manager for the Middle East and Africa region for Electrolux Major Appliances Int’l.
T&S Brass and Bronze Works has hired Cyndi Neoh as Regional Sales Manager for Southeast Asia. Neoh now manages T&S’s network of customers in countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines, and will focus on expanding the company’s presence in the region. Neoh, a native of Malaysia, has previously worked in international sales and specializes in developing brand strategy and communications across multi-cultural platforms.
Unified Brands has promoted Bob McNamara to the newly created position of Product Line Manager for its warewashing product line. McNamara, a 30-year veteran of the foodservice and warewashing industry, joined Power Soak in 2006 and worked regional sales director and v.p.-institutional and multiunit sales. He accepted the role of product line specialist for ware washing when Unified Brands acquired Power Soak in 2012. In his new role, McNamara will focus on strategic alignment of Unified’s warewashing product line and manage cross-functional projects.
Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken has restructured its development teams for its 1,600 stores. Pete Servold, the new Executive V.P.-U.S. Operations, is leading a newly established, dedicated domestic development team overseeing construction, real estate, and new business. Tony Moralejo, newly named Executive V.P.-International Business, now manages all aspects of the Church’s Chicken and Texas Chicken brands overseas. In addition to leading all international franchise development and operations, he is overseeing construction and real estate. Moralejo previously served as Global Chief Development Officer.
John Cappasola Jr. is the new CEO of Del Taco Restaurants. He replaces Paul Murphy in what is described as a planned succession. Cappasola has been in senior leadership at Del Taco since 2008. He has served as chief brand officer since 2011 and was named president in January this year.
Tim Hortons, the Canadian café and bake shop that recently entered the UK, has appointed Kevin Hydes as its new Chief Finance & Commercial Officer to oversee the group’s business strategy, brand execution, and development in the UK. Tim Hortons—purchased in 2014 by Burger King owner Restaurant Brands—made its European debut in Glasgow last month; it plans to roll out stores to cities around the UK nationwide over the coming year. Hydes spent 11 years at Costa Coffee, overseeing the marketing function in the UK; more recently, he held the role of international and brand development director.