Industry stalwart Wayne Cuomo is retiring from the catering equipment sector this month – some 23 years after he set up Charvet Premier Ranges.
Mr Cuomo has been bringing the French cooking equipment brand into the UK for more than two decades, establishing it as the flagship cooking apparatus for many leading restaurants, hotels, gastropubs and culinary institutions.
He said: “During those 23 years we have established Charvet Premier Ranges as a stable, professional, trusted and competitive supplier within the UK catering equipment supply market.
“Charvet is a brand that is well-known and respected and remains in safe hands for further growth in the future.”
Mr Cuomo’s retirement will see a change in leadership structure at the firm.
Ian Clow will take over as managing director, with Ben Aird as business development director. Richard Acton will serve as operations director and Gary Allen as UK sales manager.
Mr Clow said: “Wayne saw a great future for Charvet in the UK and had the courage to pursue his vision.
“The company launched in 1998 with a strict policy of selling only via the distribution chain and we have always worked alongside distributors, which has won us a unique ‘niche’ in the UK market, working with a select band of very loyal UK distributors.
“Wayne’s knowledge and experience has been a major contributing factor and his knowledge and contacts in the Middle East export market also proved crucial to Charvet’s successful overseas expansion.”
Mr Clow said his colleague was a true professional and gentleman who is highly regarded by catering equipment distributors, kitchen houses and consultants up and down the land.
“His contribution has been immense, and he leaves us with a strong company working with a customer base that is equally committed to quality and professionalism,” he added.