Iain Munro acknowledges Hobart growth challenge

Iain Munro, director, Hobart Cooking Solutions

Iain Munro is relishing the opportunity to drive Hobart’s cooking equipment strategy in the UK following his recent appointment as divisional director.

Munro, former managing director of kitchen house Scomac Catering Equipment and a previous serving chair of trade body CEDA, will run Hobart Cooking Solutions after Simon Merrick left to join WMF earlier this year.

In his new role, Munro will be responsible for developing the success of the company’s portfolio of prime cooking equipment brands including Bonnet, Hobart and Elro.

Speaking about the move, Munro said he had been presented with an “exciting new career opportunity” and was looking forward to growing Hobart’s business through distributor partners ahead of his July 1 start.

“Hobart Cooking Solutions has some great products within well established brands which have a place across a wide cross section of the catering equipment supply marketplace,” he said.

“I am looking forward to working with my new team to address the challenges ahead. My initial focus will be on maintaining the growth of the cooking business and building on Hobart’s unrivalled reputation among caterers for technological development, product innovation and equipment quality. I am very much looking forward to joining Hobart Cooking Solutions.”

Munro is an experienced veteran of the industry having worked for ScoMac Catering Equipment, formerly Scobie & McIntosh Catering Equipment, since 1998.

Florian Wagner, Hobart’s head of food equipment – Europe, said the company had recruited just the candidate it was looking for.

“We are very pleased Iain accepted our offer to join Hobart Cooking Solutions. Iain’s previous experience working with Falcon and Rational in the development of key accounts will help strengthen the Hobart Cooking Solutions strategy.

“Plus his knowledge of the UK’s distributor network, having been with ScoMac for 18 years and a past chairman of CEDA, gives a clear signal to the industry of Hobart’s continued commitment that our route to market will be via our distributor partners.”

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