The Middleby Corporation Announces New Group President
May 30, 2003
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The Middleby Corporation, a commercial foodservice equipment maker, has announced the promotion of Mr. Phil Dei Dolori to the newly created position of group president responsible for the Blodgett, Pitco, and Magikitch'n divisions. Mr. Selim Bassoul, the company's CEO, had been acting as the interim president of the Blodgett division since it had been acquired from Maytag Corporation in December 2001.

Mr. Dei Dolori joined Middleby in January 2002 as Division President of Pitco/Magikitch'n. Prior to joining Middleby, Mr. Dei Dolori was President of Vulcan-Hart, a division of Illinois Tool Works.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Bassoul said: "Since joining Middleby as the Division President of Pitco/Magikitch'n in January 2002, Phil has provided leadership to the organization resulting in a significant improvement in the sales and profitability at the Pitco/Magikitch'n division. This promotion will enable Middleby to greater leverage its resources and capabilities across the organization. The Blodgett division, which shares the same selling network and customer base as the Pitco and Magikitch'n division, will benefit from cross selling opportunities, sharing of marketing programs and greater penetration of the dealer network. This move will further strengthen Blodgett's leadership position within the industry."

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