Hilton Garner to Retire, Kevin Woods Named President of Globe Food Equipment

Feb. 13, 2019
Hilton Garner, President of Globe Food Equipment Co., will retire effective April 1, 2019. Kevin Woods, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the company, has been named President. Garner and Woods will work together over the next few months to ensure a seamless transition. Hilton retires from Globe with 40 years in the commercial foodservice industry and 27 years at Globe.

“We would like to thank Hilton for his unwavering commitment and strong leadership of Globe over the years, and most recently ensuring a smooth transition to a Middleby company. He grew the company from a few slicer models with $3 mil in sales to the highly-respected, global brand it is today,” said Selim Bassoul, CEO of The Middleby Corporation. “For the past six years Kevin has led Globe to record sales and he has been responsible for many new customers and product roll outs. He has been instrumental in developing and executing our sales plan while at the same time relaunching a new brand strategy. He has a proven track record of success, and as he moves into his expanded role we are confident he will continue the company’s positive momentum bringing new products to market and growing sales.”

Garner credits his employees and customers for his success at Globe over the years.

“Through hiring good people with a strong customer focus, we built a respected brand with more than 100 products marketed today. Over the years our team has consistently exceed expectations, and we have developed a culture of excellence,” said Garner. “My intensity has always been focused on employees and customers. I am very proud of Globe employees and how they stepped up to meet challenges along the way. Kevin and his very capable team are well positioned to lead Globe to even greater success in the future.”

In his new position, Woods will be responsible for developing and executing the brand strategy and leading the day-to-day sales, marketing and operations of Globe Food Equipment. Prior to joining Globe in 2012, Kevin held senior sales and marketing positions with Unified Brands and ITW FEG/ Hobart