ITW Promotes Axel Beck to Executive Vice President, Food Equipment Group

After leading ITW’s global warewash group, Beck will oversee all ITW Food Equipment Group brands

ITW Food Equipment Group, a worldwide family of industry leading commercial food equipment brands, has appointed Axel Beck to lead the organization as executive vice president.

Beck succeeds Lei Schlitz as executive vice president of ITW Food Equipment Group, who will now lead ITW’s automotive OEM segment. As head of ITW Food Equipment Group, Beck will oversee global management of the premier family of brands, including Hobart, Baxter, Vulcan, Traulsen, Bonnet, Foster and many others that support the needs of foodservice and food retail operations, from food preparation, refrigeration and cooking to ventilation, weighing, wrapping, dishwashing and waste disposal — all backed by a global network of factory trained service technicians.

Efficient and technologically advanced

Since 2016, Beck has served as group president of ITW Food Equipment Group’s warewash business, responsible for US and global markets. Under his management, ITW’s Hobart brand developed some of the industry’s most efficient and technologically advanced commercial dishwashing equipment, earning Hobart and ITW Food Equipment Group international recognition for energy efficiency and innovation.

Beck began his career with ITW at Hobart Germany in 1989 as an industrial engineer, after studying business and economics and earning a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Offenburg. He lived in the United Kingdom for five years, managing Hobart Manufacturing and returned to Hobart Germany in 2002 as business unit manager of Hobart Warewash Systems. In 2009, he was appointed to general manager, and in 2011, vice president general manager of the global warewash business.

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