Recent Promotions, Hires, and Retirements at FEDA Member Companies

Alto-Shaam Alto-Shaam, a leader in the global foodservice equipment industry, announced the appointment of Cindy Zbytniewski to the newly created role of director of customer experience.


on the move Hoshizaki

Franke Foodservice Systems, a leading provider of comprehensive foodservice systems and services, announced Dennis Appel as president of its Americas business unit effective immediately. Appel will report directly to Christian Mathesis, CEO

Hoshizaki America, Inc., an award-winning manufacturer located in Griffin, Georgia, announced the promotion of Sally Ray to the director of marketing position following the retirement of Barbara Harrison.

Since joining Hoshizaki over five years ago, Ray has successfully managed the marketing team in the

Marra Forni Marra Forni, a Maryland based manufacturer of commercial artisan brick oven cooking solutions, has appointed Todd Griffith as vice president of sales and marketing. Griffith will report to Francesco Marra, president and CEO, and will serve as a member of the company’s leadership team and be responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global sales and marketing strategies.


Zbytniewski will develop, implement, and promote Alto-Shaam’s global customer experience vision by using her knowledge of Alto-Shaam’s products, processes, and customers. She joined the company in 1993 and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Cindy into this new role,” said Lucy McQuillan, executive vice president of global sales. “Her dedication to our customers, as well as her wealth of experience and knowledge of Alto-Shaam and our values make her the perfect choice for this role.”


of the global Foodservice Systems Division of Franke Group.

Most recently, Appel served as vice president commercial and industrial solutions at Modine Manufacturing in Racine, Wis., where he oversaw multiple business units and manufacturing locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Previously, he was president of a division of Luvata, a London-based metals and manufacturing group.

areas of trade show, media, promotion, and literature. She now adds sales, tools, communications, digital marketing, and strategy to her responsibilities. Before joining the company, Ray held roles in a variety of fields including medical device sales, event planning, and nonprofit organizations, and also holds a degree in graphic design.

“It was a very easy decision,” said Chris Karssiens, senior vice president of sales and marketing, “there was no question about it as she performs fantastically. I am excited to be working directly with her and excited about the future of the company under her guidance from a marketing perspective.”


Griffith brings more than 25 years of experience in the foodservice industry. Most recently, he served as vice president of Singer Equipment Company, a leading distributor of commercial foodservice equipment and supplies. Previously, he held a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles throughout a 20-year career with Alto- Shaam.

“Our company is at that point where we needed an experienced and respected professional to lead our growth into the future. Timing and opportunity presented themselves,” says Francesco Marra, CEO. “We’re excited to have Todd as a new member of our family and looking forward to his future contributions to our company.”

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