The current serving chairman of catering equipment trade association CESA is to become the managing director of food safety monitoring solutions provider Monika, it was confirmed this morning.
Simon Frost, who has headed the UK operation of warewashing manufacturer Wexiodisk for the last three years, will join his new employers in May.
Frost has spent his entire career in the foodservice industry and intends to use his 25 years’ experience to develop sales strategies and provide strong leadership for the Leicestershire-based company. Prior to Wexiodisk, he worked for Manitowoc, Enodis and Falcon in senior sales roles.
Frost is widely recognised and respected within the foodservice industry and has been a Council Member of CESA for the past four years.
He became chairman of CESA in November 2014 and has no plans to end his involvement with the organisation at the end of his two-year tenure.
Frost said the appointment presents a “wonderful opportunity” for him to become part of a growing business.
“I’m looking forward to not only promoting and developing Monika’s total food safety solution — created by combining its PathFinder wireless temperature monitoring system with the TaskMinder wireless task monitoring and hand probing system — but also expanding and developing the plant performance monitoring aspects of the company’s solutions.”
The high-profile appointment is the cornerstone of a scheduled succession plan, which will see company founder and present managing director Tim Gamble becoming executive chairman.
Although he is stepping back from the UK business, Gamble will continue to be directly responsible for Monika’s international operations, including the Middle East and Australia.
Gamble said: “I’m delighted that Simon has agreed to join us. He is someone I have known personally for many years. He is not just a suitable successor for me, but also a great guy – a respected industry figure who I know has all the personal attributes and business experience needed to drive our company forward.”
Monika is a UK-based technology company that has been providing industry-leading food safety monitoring solutions since 1992. The company has a UK head office at Rearsby Business Park in Leicestershire and teams of engineers across the country. It also has offices in Australia and the Middle East, from where it manages overseas clients.