In his new role, Gehl will report directly to Berti and will work closely with the Ali Group brands to support the development of commercial and marketing relationships with a wide array of institutional and commercial hospitality segments. Gehl will act as the Group-level contact for regional and global key accounts with hotel and restaurant chains, buying groups, catering companies and Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs). He will be based in the Milan, Italy Head Office.
Gehl joined the Ali Group in November 2014 after a 10-year tenure at the water filtration systems division of Pentair as director of foodservice – EMEA. Prior to that, he held various sales, marketing and management positions with foodservice equipment manufacturers: Lancer Corporation, a division of Hoshizaki, Multiplex, a division of Manitowoc and JetSpray, a division of Cornelius.
Gehl has dual US and Belgian nationality and resides near Lausanne, Switzerland. He has spent over 20 years in Europe and almost 25 operating in the foodservice equipment industry.
“I am sure his experience will allow our companies to better understand and serve the needs of our global customers,” says Luciano Berti.
About the appointment, Gehl said: “I am honoured to be joining the Ali Group. This is a unique opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most recognised and admired brands and in an entrepreneurial and fast-moving environment”.
About the Ali Group
Founded in 1963 by Luciano Berti, the Ali Group is an Italian corporation with headquarters located in Milan, Italy. The company, through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of commercial and institutional foodservice equipment used by major restaurant and hotel chains, independent restaurants, hospitals, schools, airports, correctional institutions and canteens.
The Ali Group and its 76 global brands employs over 8,500 people in 26 countries and, in terms of sales, is one of the world’s two largest groups in this industry. It has 55 manufacturing facilities in 14 countries and sales and service subsidiaries in Europe, North America, Russia, Japan, China, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.