Chris Jones has been named as Managing Director for Lincoln-based world-leading commercial catering equipment manufacturer Lincat.
Chris has been promoted to the role from Distributor Sales Director following the departure this month of the current Managing Director Nick McDonald.
Nick joined Lincat as Marketing Manager in 1996. His role expanded as the business grew. He was promoted to Marketing and Export Director in 2000, and appointed Managing Director in January 2013.
In his time, Nick has seen the company’s turnover increase exponentially, and the product range expand from around 250 items to more than 600 today.
Nick also played a pivotal role in the development and launch of new product ranges. The most recent of these – the heavy duty Opus 800 range and the new series of FilterFlow automatic fill water boilers – have received a tremendous reception in the market place, the company explained.
Nick said: “With Opus 800 and the new series of FilterFlow successfully launched, it’s a good time for me to step down. It has been a huge privilege to work with the Lincat team over the last 21 years, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every colleague for their hard work and support. I also wish my successor, Chris, every success.”
Chris Jones joined Lincat in 2010 as regional sales manager for the South and South West Regions and was promoted, in 2013, to the role of Group National Account Manager.
As Distributor Sales Director Chris has, since April 2016, been responsible for the development of sales through Lincat’s extensive network of UK distributors.
He said: “Lincat is an ambitious company and my aim is to continue to grow sales and profits through a combination of new product development and by increasing our market share. On behalf of the business, I would like to thank Nick for everything he has done for Lincat and wish him all the very best for the future.”
Based in Lincoln in the UK, Lincat manufactures products for cooking, holding and food display, which are supplied to commercial kitchens of every kind across the globe.
In addition to Opus 800, Lincat’s brands include: Opus Combi Steamers, Silverlink 600, Lynx 400, FriFri, FilterFlow, Panther and Seal. Products are sold in the UK and in over 50 countries worldwide through a comprehensive network of distributors. Lincat Ltd is a member company of the Middleby Corporation.