Welbilt’s Graham Veal to retire

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The vice president marketing, EMEA, will retire in January 2018. Veal will be succeeded by John Rourke, who takes on responsibility for the EMEA Field Marketing team while continuing his role in sales analysis and finance

Welbilt has announced long serving industry stalwart and current vice president marketing, EMEA, Graham Veal will retire from his role in January 2018. Since joining the group in 1994, originally as part-owner and managing director of Merrychef Limited, Veal has been an integral part of the business having held high ranking leadership roles within both the Enodis Group and more recently in Manitowoc Foodservice and Welbilt.

During his time at Merrychef, Veal was instrumental in developing the company’s business and the globalisation of the Merrychef brand. Whilst at Enodis, he led the UK foodservice and beverage activities subsequently driving extensive growth and profitability which he continued whilst in his role at Manitowoc, where he managed sales and distribution channels.

Strong growth

In his most recent role as vice president marketing for the EMEA markets, Veal has successfully led the marketing team during the company rebrand to Welbilt, as well as managing strong growth within the Marine and Hotel sectors.

Veal plans to remain strategically involved within the foodservice industry through his consultancy, GCA Management, non-executive directorships whilst also lecturing at universities and business schools.

Veal will be succeeded in the role by John Rourke, who will take on direct responsibility for the EMEA Field Marketing team whilst maintaining his current functions and direct reports in sales analysis and finance. The Marine and Hospitality Sales and Culinary Team will now be overseen by Jean-Paul Roudier, vice president sales EMEA.

Significant contribution

Phil Dei Dolori, senior vice president and managing director, EMEA & APAC says: “We would like to thank Graham for his significant contributions to the company during his long and successful career and wish him a very relaxing retirement. Graham has led his teams with passion and enthusiasm throughout his career, and as a consequence they have achieved some truly remarkable results. Though we will be sad to see Graham retire, we are delighted that both John Rourke and Jean-Paul Roudier will be taking up their new roles in January 2018 and as such would like to extend our congratulations to John and Jean-Paul and wish them the best of luck with their extended responsibilities.”