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Filippo Berti, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ali Group, today announced organizational changes at Ali Group that become effective immediately.

Erik Nommsen will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer for Ali Group North America.

In his new role, Nommsen will be responsible for all of the Group’s operating companies located within North America, namely: Aladdin Temp-Rite, ACP Inc. (Amana® Commercial, Menumaster® Commercial, XpressChef®), American Dish Service, Belshaw Adamatic, Beverage-Air, the Champion Group (Champion, Bi-Line, Moyer Diebel, Trisys), CMA, Edlund, Electro Freeze, Ice-O-Matic, Kold-Draft, Metro, Montague, Scotsman, and Victory Refrigeration.

Nommsen returned for his second appointment as President of the Champion Group in January 2016. His first tenure lasted six years, from 2008 to 2014, during which he played an integral part in Champion’s growth and overall success. In 2017, Nommsen was named President of the Ali Group North America – Refrigeration Division (Beverage-Air and Victory Refrigeration). Since 2019, he has served as President of Scotsman Ice Systems. Nommsen has successfully managed sales, administration, product development and production.

Nommsen will report directly to Filippo Berti. Rob August will assume the role of Senior Vice President for Ali Group.

In this position, August will provide guidance to Ali Group and Welbilt brands related to business development and strategic accounts. He will also continue to interface with industry buying groups, dealers and strategic accounts in North America.

August began his career with the Ali Group in 2006 as Executive Vice President of Champion Industries and in 2008 transitioned to Beverage-Air, where he was appointed President in 2011. In 2014, August took over the presidency of the Ali Group North America – Refrigeration Division, which includes the Group’s two North American refrigeration brands, Beverage-Air and Victory Refrigeration. During his tenure with Champion and the Ali Group North America – Refrigeration Division, he played an integral part to the overall success of the companies. In 2017, August moved to the Ali Group North America corporate office in the role of Vice President of Business Development. In 2019, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Ali Group North America.

August will continue to report directly to Filippo Berti.

Tom Hotard will assume the role of Senior Vice President for Ali Group.

In this position, Hotard will be responsible for advising Ali Group and Welbilt companies on operations and engineering issues and initiatives. He will also interface with Group brands globally by providing manufacturing process and engineering support.

Hotard has served as President of H.C. Duke & Son, LLC/Electro Freeze since 2012 and has been instrumental in bringing the Electro Freeze brand to the forefront of technological innovation. As a result, the company has made great gains in market share in the frozen dessert equipment category. Prior to joining H.C. Duke & Son, LLC/Electro Freeze, he served as Executive Vice President of Beverage-Air. In 2021, Hotard joined Ali Group North America as Senior Vice President.

Hotard will continue to report directly to Filippo Berti.

About the Ali Group

Founded in 1963, the Ali Group is an Italian corporation with headquarters located in Milan, Italy, and North American operations based in Chicago, Illinois. Through its subsidiaries, the company 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 95 global brands employ approximately 14,000 people in 34 countries and, in terms of sales, is the world’s largest group in this industry. It has 75 manufacturing facilities in 17 countries and sales and service subsidiaries throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America, and Asia Pacific.

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