Senior Management Promotions Announced in Middleby Residential

Mar. 30, 2023
The Middleby Corporation announced the promotion of three Middleby Residential senior executives. Middleby Residential is a well-known group of highly respected appliance brands for premium home kitchen solutions and innovation for the outdoor cooking enthusiast.

Brody Connolly was promoted to Executive Vice President of Middleby Residential, expanding his responsibilities to help oversee all Middleby Residential brands. Previously, Brody led all activities for the outdoor cooking brands Masterbuilt, Kamado Joe and Char-Griller.

Cara Finger has been named President of Middleby Outdoor, succeeding Brody in this role. She is responsible for overseeing all business activities and the strategic direction of the group.

Vlad Salazar will join Middleby Residential as Executive Director of Operational Projects. He will oversee transformational projects in the areas of Production and Warehousing in the overall group.

“Brody has a long-standing, successful track record leading outdoor cooking brands. His deep knowledge of the residential market will be a tremendous asset to Middleby Residential as he transitions into his new role. Working together we will take our highly recognized and esteemed brand portfolio to the next level,” said Najib Maalouf, President of Middleby Residential. “As we continue to execute our residential strategy, Brody’s deep knowledge base and trusted leadership will play a significant role in the future direction of the group and its exceptional brands.”

“Cara brings 25 years of experience to her new role. She is highly respected by our workforce and within the industry. Under her leadership I am confident innovative products will continue to be introduced to the marketplace while the outdoor brands are strategically positioned for future growth, domestically and overseas.”

“We are thrilled to add Vlad to the Middleby Residential team where I know his deep expertise in optimizing plant operations will be a significant asset to the group, benefitting all of our residential brands,” Mr. Maalouf added.

The Middleby Corporation is a global leader in the foodservice industry. The company develops and manufactures a broad line of solutions used in commercial foodservice, food processing, and residential kitchens. In 2022 Middleby was named a World’s Best Employer by Forbes and is a proud philanthropic partner to organizations addressing food insecurity. For more information on Middleby and the company’s brands please visit

Contact: Darcy Bretz, Director of Corporate Communications, (847) 429-7756.